Tuesday 17 October 2017

No funds to buy books for libraries

Sir -- On March 18, 2009, I entered hospital to have open-heart surgery, and while there, my novel, "They fought for Lincoln" was printed in Drogheda. When I returned home, and was recuperating, I began delivering and sending copies to various institutions -- libraries and universities, in accordance with the Copyright Acts. In this manner, I parted with fourteen copies; each priced €15, making a total of €210, plus postage on some copies, at the rate of €3, to institutions in Ireland; and €7, to institutions in Britain.

Having borne the expense of publishing my book, I enclosed a personal letter to each of our universities, asking their librarians to purchase copies in order to support home industry. Some did not respond; but those who did respond, invariably pleaded "lack of resources at this time."

Your excellent reports on the enormous salaries and extravagant expense bills of the presidents of our heavily indebted universities adequately explain my lack of sales to those institutions.

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