One of the things that infuriate me about my study of Anabaptistica is the ridiculous price points of scholarly works. I am not engaged in a shallow reading of the material where I can get a brief idea of where this group came from and a cursory knowledge of the hot issues like pacifism at present then throw them in an Evangelical Protestant package. I am deeply in invested in this group in order to see how their original belief and praxis can be translated into the present effectively. Not because of human admiration or worship but for the reason that I genuinely believe the Anabaptists was the 16th century expression of New Testament first century Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV). It is in the sense referred to here that I “follow” the original historical Anabaptists. Hence, it should be obvious why not getting access to materials well within my budget can be seriously frustrating. There is one culprit in particular that I want to highlight that exemplifies what I am addressing. The book in question is A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 authored and edited by John D. Roth and James M. Stayer, published by Brill Academic Publishers.
The hardback edition of this work is €140.00, which is $181.00 in US dollars
The paperback version is €37.00 in USD it is still a lot for a book at $48.00
This is not even the easily accessible Anabaptist/Mennonite works regardless of where you look. The price points on much of that stuff are still considerably high. When you look at the historical and scholarly works of other groups, you can find the majority at reasonable prices. If the Anabaptist scholars want, people to familiarize themselves on the topic they need to make it cost-effective. If they are, looking for money then charging outrageous prices will not do it because not everyone is fascinated by this topic as I am. At the end of the day, it looks as if I am going to have to shell out the $48.00 for the paperback edition.