Eric Tassone writes:
I [Tassone] had to Google “Mary Rosh” but remember that imbroglio now. Made my day, too.
But really I wanted to write to ask you about something related to Bill James. I first encountered his works at age 13, when a baseball coach talked up his books and lent me one (that I fear I never returned). I then read his Abstracts from ’84 or ’85 until they went away, and then some of his other books in the ’90s. Anyway, my question is: Do you know if these works are available on a CD or DVD-ROM or the web something, like they do sometimes w/ collections like Mad Magazine or the New Yorker cartoons or whatever? Maybe through his website, to which I do not subscribe? (By the way, Google Books produces search results for the ’83-’87 editions, but at most just little clippings, not the full book or anything.)
I wonder why we don’t see more of this, since the marginal cost of re-packaging and distributing already-created content for which there is at least some pent-up demand would seem to be low. I mean, there’s at least some intense “long tail” interest from folks like me in, say, the ’81 edition to see what he had to say about the ’80 Royals. They could price gouge me all the way to making this sort of thing profitable, I would think! Isn’t this what the Internets is supposed to be good at?
Personally, I prefer the physical books, but I agree that they’re not searchable.