Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Price differential

Prices for Hans Wehr, Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, which appear to defy the laws of economics:

paperback at the Hebrew University bookstore: 396 NIS ($109)
paperback on Amazon: $42.50
hardcover in East Jerusalem: 90 NIS ($25)
having a book whose preface welcomes "orientalists throughout the world" without a trace of irony: priceless

(No, this post isn't about the Ramban. That one is coming soon. But I'd be willing to wager that he's the only one of the three with any knowledge of Arabic.)

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