18 Some things are beyond your own control Posted on February 9 2016 I post this at my own expense. Seen on the Guardian just now: Some things are beyond your own control. It is also cheaper elsewhere. Just saying. 18 18 Responses to “Some things are beyond your own control” Ian says: February 9 2016 at 9:19 am Life is a cucumber. Ancient Arabic proverb. Michael G says: February 9 2016 at 9:36 am Wordery? (Connect Group ex Smiths News, presumably does not pay tax because massively overleveraged?) Helen says: February 9 2016 at 10:49 am Our book group loved The Joy of Tax, Richard. We found it not only extremely informative, but “inspiring” was a word that came up a lot, especially about the last chapter.There were a couple of hard copies amongst us, but most had downloaded it from Amazon I’m afraid. One member complained that she had been on the waiting list for the one and only copy at Berkhamsted public library since December, only to find that another of our group had been hogging it – being disabled she doesn’t have to pay the fines! If it takes Amazon to get the word out, then we need all the help we can get. Richard Murphy says: February 9 2016 at 11:11 am Thanks Helen I had no idea I had been ‘book grouped’ Don't call me Dave says: February 9 2016 at 3:13 pm Book Groupies? The mind boggles… MayP says: February 9 2016 at 10:59 am Cheaper elsewhere – not least at Guardian Books! Keith Fletcher says: February 9 2016 at 11:25 am Why not self publish online in future Richard? PDF downloads are virtually no cost to publish these days. You could charge a low flat fee for everyone or choose to charge whatever is an appropriate fee for different types of users. I would like to see much greater self publishing of all artistic and creative material to break the monopoly/oligopoly world that has just moved from one group of capitalists to another with the internet (probably now even more monopolistic/oligopolistic at the expense of local booksellers). Of course in an ideal world all knowledge would be free and freely available! Richard Murphy says: February 9 2016 at 11:35 am I am afraid that the impact is smaller And the outreach of book shops remains important Demetrius says: February 9 2016 at 12:17 pm Ah, the joys of the free market, albeit not quite as free as we are led to believe and actually not much of a market either. Sean Danaher says: February 9 2016 at 5:39 pm Paid full price for mine a week ago as was going into hospital. I do hope you will get your cut! Very interesting – I have not read any Economics books as such since the ’70s (I am a Scientist – a recently retired Physics Professor), I thought Ken Galbraith made sense back then but a lot of more modern thinking (especially on the “right wing”) seems to have been driven by dogma rather than data. Very much enjoying it and it seem to correspond more to reality than much of the belief driven statements given by politicians. Richard Murphy says: February 9 2016 at 6:18 pm Sean Thanks Galbraith a hero of mine I hope hospital went well Richard Sean Danaher says: February 9 2016 at 7:25 pm Thanks was a “keyhole” surgery dual Herina Operation. NHS very professional outfit and am fine – a lot better than 35 years ago when I had a similar op done by mine traditional methods. May well post a review when I have finished – keep up the good work! Richard Murphy says: February 9 2016 at 8:17 pm Good! And thanks Andy Smith says: February 9 2016 at 7:07 pm You might consider complementing this reading list with a copy of Mark Blyths ‘Austerity’. If not handing over more dosh to Amazon is important then treat yourself to seeing MB performing for free on youtube. Richard Murphy says: February 9 2016 at 8:22 pm It is good, I agree Keith Fletcher says: February 10 2016 at 12:05 pm Thanks Andy for pointing this out, very good to see a Scotsman telling it how it is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6vV8_uQmxs Jen says: February 9 2016 at 6:19 pm It’s in stock at http://www.hive.co.uk for £12.29, no postage, and a donation to your local bookshop. I use it all the time instead of Amazon. Simon says: February 9 2016 at 7:39 pm This is very much where we are at-corporate control of its own critique. It really expresses the way things are and how difficult it is to change this and feels like oligarchic capture of the intellectual air we breathe. Deeply ironical yet at the heart of the problem. At least it affords you the chance to send in rave revues of your book under pseudonyms (as one well known historian did! (smiley emoticon).