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Re: theos-talk The Publishing Industry,

Sep 16, 2010 06:01 PM
by MKR

Your points are well taken.

All technologies do co-exist and for everything there is a time a place. For
example, when appropriate we use a cell phone and at other times only face
to face interaction is efficient and effective.

When TS was launched, Theosophical doctrines was far ahead of the times.
Since the improvement of conditions in the Humanity is the key objective of
theosophy and theosophists, any literature and knowledge must be broadcast
in the most efficient and speediest manner to reach as many interested
persons all over the world as possible.

What happened in the case of unpublished material from the London Lodge
meetings HPB had, is beyond any one can imagine. Not only for more than a
century they were lying in someoneâs book shelf, but when they were
discovered, no one seems to have understood how it can possibly help
theosophical students in their onward progress, but also the custodians
simply sat on it without seeing the urgency of making them available to the
theosophical community.

Todayâs scanning technology is capable of scanning the documents and making
them available on Internet very quickly. No one is going to be the loser in
doing it.

On the other hand, it took 12 to 13 years to publish it in a book form,
which ultimately ended up being too pricey for the average theosophist
around the world. From every angle, all it shows is the missed opportunity
in making the original material available quickly and each one of us could
have read them and possibly digested them and come up with our own views and
interpretations. There was a great value in it because I am sure there are
many intelligent and intuitional unknown theosophists around the world who
may be able to better explain many of the statements HPB made in the

Just looking at the above tale from a purely business standpoint is simply
wrong for any theosophist whose motivation is the betterment of the
conditions of Humanity.


On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 7:04 PM, <>wrote:

> Advertisers were, of course, mostly quick to research and acquire working
> methods for the Internet. However many print (book/mag/so on) publishers are
> still working on developing/adapting their industry standards and
> media/business methods/models for operating on the Internet. A great
> percentage of them will I think in due course, and the industry certainly
> will; but I don't think the computer is the only reason print media took a
> dive; truth is the Internet has been proved to be, often times,
> intellectually and creatively appealing and cutting edge - a little wild
> west at times a/b all in all that's probably expectable in or with such a
> new technology/industry - so, it's not only the fact that Internet exists
> but the quantity and qualities (which advertisers follow) that print has a
> hard time competeing with.
> In abstract I kind of look at it like this; cars haven't closed down the
> market on bicycles, television didn't replace photographs/drawings;
> electricity hasn't killed off the candle.
> Many of the institutions, I hope they do adapt/survive a/b I also hope
> they'll remember there's a reason people reached (and stopped reaching) for
> their book/mags/so on - it didn't matter what it was/wasn't written on, what
> it did/didn't cost, what always matters is what's inside, what's new and
> that feeling or confidence one has when you just know there'll be something
> you'd really want to see/read. Great books, great novels, great news and
> articles, that's what made that industry great.

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