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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 19th, 2011, 8:03 pm

Just purchased this book through Amazon. The text print quality of the Springer hardcover version (4th printing) is surprisingly bad.It looks as if it was produced on a sub-par quality laser printer that was about to run out of toner (grey and faded). It is bad on all pages beginning to end, some worse than others. There are also many places where symbols (division lines, integrals, paretheses) are fuzzy and dithered (dot matrix like), almost like a bad photocopy. This is by far the worst I have seen in a Springer text and I own many (both math and finance). Given the universal praise of the contents (which are excellent), I am puzzled that this has not been brought up before.At first I thought it might have something to do with the fact that Springer is now doing print-on-demand, but other Springer books that I have ordered recently aren't like this. Furthermore, it looks like someone on Amazon had similar comments back in 2005.Since I know many on Wilmott have a copy in their library, can others confirm that this is universally the case or did I just get a bad copy?Thanks
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 19th, 2011, 8:36 pm

I think you got a bad copy (print on mine is very good), ask amazon for a replacement, they have a really good returns process, no quibbles.
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 19th, 2011, 9:56 pm

The last few times I've been browsing at Foyles I've noticed that the newest copies of Springer (and a few others like Oxford and O'Reilly) have a horrible print quality, like what you mention...
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 20th, 2011, 5:38 am

My copy was bad also, but you know that already. I did not try to return it to Amazon, but you should try it, as ACD says.
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 22nd, 2011, 7:30 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: finitudThe last few times I've been browsing at Foyles I've noticed that the newest copies of Springer (and a few others like Oxford and O'Reilly) have a horrible print quality, like what you mention...this sounds like they were printed for Asia. check that it's not an international edition. those suck in quality, but are much cheaper
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

August 22nd, 2011, 7:34 pm

My copy was good. But that was a while ago - >5 years - so they may have changed things.
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

September 25th, 2011, 7:05 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: quantmehQuoteOriginally posted by: finitudThe last few times I've been browsing at Foyles I've noticed that the newest copies of Springer (and a few others like Oxford and O'Reilly) have a horrible print quality, like what you mention...this sounds like they were printed for Asia. check that it's not an international edition. those suck in quality, but are much cheaperMeh... don't remember about Springer, but the O'Reilly's were not cheaper at all. Just printed badly. They look like photocopies.
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

March 1st, 2012, 2:13 pm

I had a similar problem (though the quality is not as bad as you describe it) with the Book "Interest Rate Models - ..." by Brigo & Mercurio. I contacted Springer and they told me that books for which the demand is not high enough to consider a new edition are printed "on demand". They suggested returning the book to Amazon if the quality was very bad.It seems the quality of the "on demand printing" is still lacking a bit :-/ So one might get this on any book by Springer that is printed "on demand"!? I personally have another book which looks printed "on demand", but there the quality is good overall.Hope that helps ...QuoteOriginally posted by: LokxdirtJust purchased this book through Amazon. The text print quality of the Springer hardcover version (4th printing) is surprisingly bad.It looks as if it was produced on a sub-par quality laser printer that was about to run out of toner (grey and faded). It is bad on all pages beginning to end, some worse than others. There are also many places where symbols (division lines, integrals, paretheses) are fuzzy and dithered (dot matrix like), almost like a bad photocopy. This is by far the worst I have seen in a Springer text and I own many (both math and finance). Given the universal praise of the contents (which are excellent), I am puzzled that this has not been brought up before.At first I thought it might have something to do with the fact that Springer is now doing print-on-demand, but other Springer books that I have ordered recently aren't like this. Furthermore, it looks like someone on Amazon had similar comments back in 2005.Since I know many on Wilmott have a copy in their library, can others confirm that this is universally the case or did I just get a bad copy?Thanks
 
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Glasserman MC book - print quality

March 7th, 2012, 12:53 pm

Yeah, that's what they look like lately. I have yet to see one whose "on demand" quality is up to a decent standard, but unless they fix this I guess the era of paper books is over for me. I just can't stand paying a fortune for a book that would look better if I photocopy it from the library.
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