jenn_unplugged (jenn_unplugged) wrote in teaching_math,

Book going out of print

Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician retired from Montclair State University, wrote a book for parents called Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Don't. It's about to go out of print, despite being well-received in the mathematical community. Pat wants to get as many copies of it out in the world as possible and is organizing one last order with her publisher.

Here is Pat's email:

"Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Don't," the only
book by a mathematician written for parents of children aged 1-10, is about
to go out of print for the second time. Both times the publisher sold its
trade books to another publisher just as it was published, so none of the
four publishers made any effort to publicize it. This time, however, I
have a good offer to buy the remaining copies. I really want it to get
into as many libraries as possible -- and many hands. There are many
copies left.

If you can get a library to offer me a thank you note and give me the
address, I will send that library an autographed copy free for the tax
deduction. If you want an autographed copy, I will be glad to send you a
copy for $10. The price on the cover is $19.95, and it's fine to resell
them at this time. If you can find an outlet or use them yourself, I can
send a box of 18 books for $140. (No autographs on those books because
they will be inside the box.) There are MANY boxes available.

"Math Power" had excellent reviews from both sides of the "Math Wars" when
it first appeared in 1997, and another from "The Library Journal," but
without some publisher publicity, books don't sell. It may be that math is
not a popular subject in this culture; there is other evidence.

Anyway, I would appreciate any help you can give me in disseminating the
remaining copies. The publisher wants a reply as to how many I will buy

Pat Kenschaft

I thought I'd pass this on so you can get one if you want. If you work in a school or a library, note that she will be happy to send a free autographed copy for the library. Send her an email at the address under the cut if you're interested, and feel free to pass this on.
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