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View Poll Results: Would you buy an English edition of the new JG 2 Unit History?
Yes, I would even pre-pay the English edition 26 20.31%
Yes, I would even pre-order the English edition 27 21.09%
Yes, I would buy the English edition. 70 54.69%
Yes, but I would buy a French or German edition if need be. 11 8.59%
I have no preference for English over French or German 6 4.69%
I would prefer a German language edition. 8 6.25%
None of the above options will do, but .... (post your comment) 7 5.47%
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Old 3rd April 2008, 08:20
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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

Hi Eric.
I would like my penny's worth, from S Africa.
We have a similar problem in deciding to publish in Afrikaaans, a major language in our aviation fanatics.
Some guys have tried and came short, even had to close down.
I agree, English is THE international language.
If you put all your money into English publications the investment into the books has got a far better return.
There are very few people in SA that can speak French, but a large Luftwaffe following in SA.To date they won't buy many French books.
French is almost never taught in our schools.
Regarding other ways of publishing??
A book in the hand is best but if you have to sell an electronic version that one can load on one of those new e readers thingies, it is acceptable.
It is then still available as reference.
Good luck with your books.
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Old 3rd April 2008, 10:08
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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

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I’ll take my decision in April and let you know. In all cases, the vol. 1 is already translated by Neil.
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As are both volumes of the JG 4 history. As an interested party forgive me for butting in - I'm biased but managing with a dictionary is all very well for extracting the data but it's not quite as 'memorable' as reading a good first hand account. And there are loads of those in these volumes...

Extract from Vol II JG 4 (apologies if you've already seen this..)
http://members.aol.com/kaczmarek190/scheufele.html

I think there is a 'problem' with big 'multi-lingual' unit histories - we've seen that with the unfinished JG 3 series. I haven't discussed this with Erik ..but should he decide not to proceed with an English language edition in his usual format then perhaps he might consider another - I wouldn't be unhappy if it/they appeared in pdf format - at least then purchasers of the French/German editions don't lose out. Surely it should be possible to produce them in some form or another...(eg Don's JG 26 appeared as a 'mass-market' paperback in its later incarnations)

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Old 3rd April 2008, 15:19
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Did you find that the "while stoned" bit helped more than the dictionary?
Don't think the professor appreciated me answering him in French actually...
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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

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The quality of digital print moved so far that there is no difference with traditional methods. It is slightly more expensive, but still affordable and much more economical with small printing runs. If a translation can be obtained, then any language version could be easily published, and shipping costs reduced as well.
Concerning Pdf file, it is not very practical, as the one must print it out anyway - it is quite hard to read a book on PC - I know I have tried. Also, illegal copies will be appearing around, and if it is a commercial project, then the one must have it in mind.
I will not buy the French version, ideal for me would be English with an appendix with accounts in original, unedited German version.
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Old 3rd April 2008, 19:41
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Not to mention that the author(s) still probably have to pay for a professional translator at some point unless they themselves are fluent in that 'other' language.
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Old 4th April 2008, 11:26
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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

Hi,

Many thanks for these helpful and numerous reactions.

Just in order to have an idea of a figure, may I ask to all of yours who plan to purchase the volume 1 of the JG 2 chronicle to send me a short notice at : erik.mombeeck/a/telenet.be (replace /a/ with @)... telling where you are and in which titles (JG 2, JG 4, JG 26) you would be interested.
I would keep you informed in April of the decision or not to start the English versions of the JG 2 and JG 4 (very detailed) chronicles, and eventually contact you personally in due time (next late summer ?) to explain how to acquire the book(s).

Thanks in advance and also for your replies.

Erik

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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

[quote=Erik Mombeeck;63117]Hi,

I would keep you informed in April of the decision or not to start the English versions of the JG 2 and JG 4 (very detailed) chronicles, and eventually contact you personally in due time (next late summer ?) to explain how to acquire the book(s).

Dear Eric,

I would be very interested to listen to your statement, if - and if yes, when and in which language your postponed JG 5 Vol. III will be on the market.

Cheers, Horst
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Re: A new JG 26 Chronicle?

Eric,

With all due respect to the beautiful French language, it seems quite obvious to most of us that the market for English language publications is much greater than for either French of German. I know German rather better than French and I have all of your volumes of the histories of JG 4 and JG 5 in German. I would welcome the 3rd volume of JG 5 in any language (well almost.) Since these books are a labor of love rather than a for profit operation, you should be able to find some enthusiast who is fluent enough in both French and English to translate your works without incurring a fee.

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you should be able to find some enthusiast who is fluent enough in both French and English
Finding a competent (& cheap) translator wasn't the problem. Both JG 4 volumes and the first JG 2 volume are already translated, proofed and corrected. The difficulty is more the economics of self publishing. The situation is Catch 22. Erik ideally wants to publish in French, his & J-L Roba's first language. However the French market for Luftwaffe books, compared to, say, the Japanese & North American is pretty small. Most of us here would ideally like to read his works in English. However decent sales of the French edition will probably have some impact on English language sales. (Lorant's JG 300 books have sold over 2,000 copies each in the French editions). One major Luftwaffe publisher told me there are only some 3,000 book-buying Luftwaffe enthusiasts worldwide. Erik probably needs 500 sales to recoup his costs. Obviously producing two editions for correspondingly lower sales is a big risk for a self publisher.

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