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New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 21, 2012 10:36 am

Larry E. Matthews and Bob Biddix have just finished a new book on Snail Shell Cave in Tennessee. It is on it's way to the printers and should be available from the NSS Bookstore in 4 weeks, or so.

The book is 246 pages long and contains numerous maps, black-and-white photos, and even some color photos. Of special interest are five (5) topographic maps, in color, with overlays of mapped cave passages and dye trace paths.

The Snail Shell Cave System drains approximately 130 square miles, or one-fourth of Rutherford County, Tennessee, where it is located. Exploration began in the 1950s by Tom Barr and other Middle Tennessee cavers, continued through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, when detailed mapped was done, and then the Department of Energy wanted to place the Superconducting Super Collider there, ensuing a battle between cavers and Big Government. Since 2000, the focus of exploration has been sump diving and mapping of totally water-filled passages.

This book is the complete story of the cave's exploration, since Tom Barr's first visit up to Jason Richard's last dive two weeks ago. It don't get much more up-to-date than that !!! There are lots and lots of great photos by Bob Biddix and others.

We hope you will enjoy it. It will be available in both Softbound and Hardbound. The NSS Bookstore should annouce the price soon.

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby submassabielle » Aug 23, 2012 8:50 am

Did everyone get the memo about the scam version of this on Amazon. It is (falsely) published by "Bookvika Publishing." It lists the real title and real authors but is a scam created by hackers. I just checked Amazon and it is still listed. So wait for the real one.
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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 23, 2012 11:27 am

Yes, the scam artists are at work. Be safe. Order directly from the NSS Bookstore.

I found out this morning that Barnes & Nobles is also selling the "fake" version. The "fake" version is nothing more than a compilation of Wikipedia articles that you can print out yourself for free.

Good grief !!! What has this World come to?

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby innermostphoto » Aug 27, 2012 10:19 pm

I have tried to contact Amazon to no avail. To be on the safe side you should order through the NSS Bookstore.

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby NZcaver » Aug 28, 2012 11:43 am

This whole thing about copying Wikipedia articles and selling them off as printed 'books' is just crazy, but using your names in the listing is outright fraud. I'm amazed Amazon won't take the listing down. Is this another case where ordinary folks need to hire lawyers before anybody pays attention?
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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Dave Luckins » Aug 29, 2012 6:04 am

We're continuing to struggle with Amazon.

Only the "publisher" is permitted to change a posting and we aren't the publisher of the fake book. It's a Catch 22. We are continuing to work through the Amazon system to get the situtation corrected.

In the meantime, ya'll have posted several reviews to the Amazon site alerting potential buyers to the nature of the book. It's doubtful anyone will buy the fake book with all the negative reviews.

You can bet the book description will describe OUR book as the "Real and Genuine" edition.

As soon as it arrives from the printer, we'll alert you....thanks for helping with this one...

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Dave Luckins » Aug 29, 2012 10:37 am

Special Anouncement regarding Snail Shell Cave can be found in the NSS Topics area.

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"Snail Shell Cave" Has Left The Printers !!!

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Aug 30, 2012 8:36 pm

The NSS Office reports that the Softbound version of the "Snail Shell Cave" book was shipped today, Thursday, August 30. So, it should be available withing a few days from the NSS Bookstore.

They also announced the price:

Member Price - $28.00 (plus shipping, of course)

Life Member Price - $25.00 (plus shipping)

Retail Price - $31.00 (plus shipping)


The Hardbound version is supposed to be available in about two (2) more weeks. They haven't annouced the price for those, yet.

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby boogercaver71 » Sep 4, 2012 8:22 pm

Ordered mine today
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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby innermostphoto » Sep 4, 2012 11:16 pm

If nothing else the "fake" book has drawn attention to the real book. No such thing as bad publicity!!!


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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Sep 7, 2012 6:54 pm

The books are in !!! Go to the NSS Bookstore website and you can order them.

The Hardbounds will be available in about two (2) more weeks.

Got my copies yesterday (Thursday). The printing quality is excellent and the photo of Erica Sughrue in a kayak in the cave that is on the Front Cover is stunning !!!

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby copelandcaver7 » Oct 4, 2012 7:44 pm

Have the hard back version come in yet?
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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Dave Luckins » Oct 4, 2012 7:51 pm

Came in and was sent back because the cover wasn't done to our standards. Will have the hardback out shortly.

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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby copelandcaver7 » Oct 4, 2012 8:01 pm

Okay thank you.
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Re: New Book: "Snail Shell Cave"

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Oct 4, 2012 9:13 pm

By the way, the problem with the "FAKE" listing on Amazon.com has been resolved and the "REAL" "Snail Shell Cave" book is now available there.

Whew !!! It was a lot of work, but we finally got it done.

But really, that listing is to help non-NSS members find the book. You, as an NSS Member, get a much better deal ordering directly from the NSS Bookstore.

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