In Libris

On January 22, 2008, in Games, by peterb

I’ve contributed a chapter to an upcoming book, ”Computer Games as a Sociocultural Phenomenon: Games Without Frontiers – War Without Tears”, edited by Andreas Jahn-Sudmann and Ralf Stockmann. The book can be ordered directly from the publisher, or you can pre-order it from Amazon.

My chapter is titled “There and Back Again: Reuse, Signifiers, and Consistency in Created Game Spaces”, and builds on some ideas you’ve seen on this very weblog. As for the fancy title, well…just call me Umberto.


6 Responses to “In Libris”

  1. Zed says:

    85 BUCKS?

  2. peterb says:

    Since people may ask or care: I don’t make any money from the proceeds of the book. At least, I don’t think I do.

  3. Trin says:

    Hmm yes, as interesting as it sounds, $85 is a bit steep for such an interest,
    especially if you’re not going to make anything off it.

  4. emordino says:

    Hold on now. You’re not getting anything? I always assumed books of this type were so expensive because each author had to get a slice of hot royalty action.

    …but more importantly, congratulations! Getting published for being intelligent about games is no mean feat.

  5. Tony E. says:

    I thought the same thing. I remember having to shell out $130 for some Springer Verlag paperback back in ’85 in typescript with hand-drawn symbols.

    Are you allowed to give people copies of your chapter?

  6. peterb says:

    Without commenting on the specifics, I’ll just say that most anthologies I’ve been involved in don’t part out royalties to each author. If you consider that (a) most books lose money and (b) imagine the mexican-standoff-like bookkeeping needed to keep track of fractional percentages of minimal revenues to 20 authors, you’ll see why. I presume that every book deal, though, is a unique, special flower, so your mileage may vary.