One of the things I'm looking into doing is beginning a Dover-like publishing company for putting out-of-print textbooks back into print in nice, cheap editions for students. So I'd like to ask the mathematicians here who are aware of such books:

What books that are out of print would you like to see republished in such editions—books for which you think it's a tragedy that they are out of print?

I think it's a good question for professional mathematicians and would form the basis for the beginnings of my book line. No limit on how many you'd like to suggest.

I have a ton of such books, but I'll kick it off with the two books I think it's tragic are out of print:

Functional Analysis, 2nd. ed. by L.V.Kantorovich and G.P. Akilov.

Notes On Differential Geometry by Noel J.Hicks. (Yes, I know there's a PDF of it floating around online, but a lot of us would like an actual physical book.)

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    $\begingroup$ Related: mathoverflow.net/questions/18271/… $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2012 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ There is currently one vote to close the question as not constructive. Whoever voted to close, could you please explain yourself? (Is the vote a surrogate for closing as a duplicate of the MO question?) $\endgroup$
    – Srivatsan
    Jan 21, 2012 at 20:07
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    $\begingroup$ Before you throw a lot of time/money into this project, I highly recommend doing two things. First, educate yourself about copyright law and make some sample inquiries into obtaining the rights for some of the books that interest you. I think you'll find that publishing companies will not be forthcoming with such rights unless you are willing to part with money (more money than you might expect). And for books which are in print but expensive, they will simply say no. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Smith
    Jan 22, 2012 at 3:08
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    $\begingroup$ Second, go and investigate how many copies of a math book are typically sold. The numbers are much smaller than you might expect, especially if you are just reprinting books and thus libraries will not acquire them. And to sell even those numbers, you will have to do quite a bit of advertising. You should price this -- it is very hard to do yourself without contacts or experience. In the end, after paying acquisition costs, printing costs, royalties to authors, and advertising costs, you will have serious problems recouping your investment. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Smith
    Jan 22, 2012 at 3:13
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    $\begingroup$ This is off-topic here. My vote to close would be final, so I won't cast it though. $\endgroup$ Jan 22, 2012 at 5:06

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Theory of Numbers: A Text and Source Book of Problems, Andrew Adler, John E. Coury.

I love this book, but unfortunately it is out of print!

  • $\begingroup$ Do you know where I could find this book, or any books similar to it? $\endgroup$
    – Valentino
    Feb 20, 2015 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ You can find it in a library, or used copies in certain online bookstores. $\endgroup$ Feb 20, 2015 at 5:47

Basic Techniques of Combinatorial Theory by Daniel I.A. Cohen. This books offers a clear exposition on basic undergraduate topics in combinatorics, contains multiple proofs of many theorems and has some of the best exercises I have encountered. It was a real pleasure to learn from.

  • $\begingroup$ I haven't seen that one-I'll have to look it up. Sounds good! $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2012 at 19:02

The Complex Analytic Theory of Teichmüller Spaces, by Subhashis Nag.

I know many people who have been looking for this great book.


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