Whoo hoo! Yesterday we struck a deal with Praeger for a special softcover printing of Libertarianism Today by J.H. Huebert, which readers have said is the most important updating of Rothbard’s For A New Liberty to yet appear. I’m excited about the book, especially because it is the first seriously principled libertarian book to weave into its thesis the many advances that have occurred in the area of intellectual property.
It is readable, thorough, analytically rigorous, and very well researched and written. It will be out in July 2010.
To the point: the book was going to be too expensive. We couldn’t even carry it. It might have landed in libraries and died there. But after negotiations, we ended up with what will be a Mises.org exclusive: a softcover edition just for us that is very affordable. So, yes, I’m fired up about this.
I also had an interesting discussion with the publisher about putting the book online. Of course they won’t do that, but they will let us run chapters, which is good. I told them our own experience with putting all sources online and the person I spoke to was in full agreement. In fact, he said, many people there agree and are pushing for this. But we are dealing with large staffs and old traditions and it is a very risky business. They aren’t ready to take that plunge yet.
Markets don’t fail but firms make mistakes and this is one of them. The time will come. I’m just happy that we’ve played a part in making sure that this wonderful book will reach the broadest possible audience.