11

On Donald E. Knuth's website, Knuth states that "new and updated printings of Volumes A, B, and C became available in April, 2012", but I cannot seem to find these anywhere. Knuth describes these "spiffy new printings" as "fresh versions that are essentially perfect", being "significantly better in hundreds of small ways" compared with the Millennium Boxed Set. The InformIT website does not seem to list any of them; in fact, InformIT does not seem to list any books in Computers & Typesetting series published more recently than 2000. Perhaps they are published by another publisher?

Where and how can I obtain the "spiffy new printings"?

N.B. questions similar to this have been asked but closed as off-topic; this is odd to me since there is a tag called {books}, "for questions which deal with books about TeX, LaTeX and other topics of this site". Therefore this would seem to be very on-topic to me, and is certainly pertinent to my sincere and pertinent interest in learning TeX. I reviewed What topics can I ask about here? and What types of questions should I avoid asking? and do not feel that my question is off-topic.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! I'm not sure if this question is off-topic and more suited for our Meta.TeX.SX site – user31729 Jan 8 '15 at 22:12
  • 7
    @ChristianHupfer I don't think it is off-topic, because it covers learning material for TeX and friends (also it's not meta, because it is no question about TeX.SX). – Henri Menke Jan 8 '15 at 22:14
11

This is rather more complicated than it appears.

The new printings involve the hardcover editions of the Computers & Typesetting volumes. The situation as of October 2012 was described in my TUGboat column, and I won't go into all the details here.

These are new printings, not new editions, so most booksellers don't distinguish, and it's generally not clear whether what is being sold is the new printing or an old one. To quote from my column,

[...] if you order through the member link on the TUG bookstore page, and specify that you want only the new printing but receive the wrong printing in error, a message to the publisher's customer service should result in a prompt correction.

It's likely that the new printings are the ones in common circulation now, but it never hurts to be careful. Besides, TUG does get a small commission on books sold through this offer, and that goes to help support CTAN and other TeX-related endeavours.

  • Thank you very much for your answer, I will order through the TUG bookstore page as you recommend. Should I order "Computers & Typesetting, Volume A: The TeXbook" from InformIT's online store? I've associated the discount code with my InformIT account now, and I assume I must now add this product to my cart, checkout, then shoot them a quick customer service form to make it clear I want the April 2012 (nineteenth) printing? – Bradly Jan 11 '15 at 15:48
  • the suggestion i've given is basically what i know, which was (in late 2012) provided by don knuth himself. at that time, only the hardcover version was the new printing; i don't have current information on whether the softcover version has been upgraded, but at that time the reason for reprinting the hardcover was that stock of the earlier printing was nearly depleted. but it can't hurt to be explicit about which printing you want. since texbook.tex is included in tex live or on ctan, and so are the latest errata, you have the ability to check that what you get is the new printing. – barbara beeton Jan 11 '15 at 16:41
7

Yes, they were published in 2012. WorldCat (www.worldcat.org) shows that only one library in the United States and only a few libraries in Germany own the set:

  • Northeastern State University (Oklahoma)
  • Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg (Germany)
  • Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth (Germany)

enter image description here

(One might have thought Stanford would buy a copy, at least... It might just not be in the WorldCat database yet.)

  • Hi @andrew-cashner and thank you very much for your helpful comment. I do know of WorldCat, but I hadn't thought to check there. I thought the "spiffy new printings" were published as volumes in Computers & Typesetting, but upon following your lead and searching for "ti:computers au:Knuth" I found only the entry in your screengrab. The entry you link shows Addison-Wesley as the publisher, but curiously I can't find this 2012 printing in InformIT's website nor by searches of Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or Google Books. I am most confused by the lack of information on InformIT's website! – Bradly Jan 8 '15 at 22:54
  • O.K., thank you very much. I hope others have additional insight, as well. I will contact Pearson directly to enquire about this. I will also see whether or not TUG has any further information. – Bradly Jan 8 '15 at 23:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.