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Abridgment strategy

My goal in creating the abridgment is to bring the essence of my work to market through on-demand printing. My plan is to publish the unabridged version by offset printing once demand for it has grown sufficiently to enable me to publish it for a selling price of $100 or less.

The abridgment length is limited by the maximum size that I can publish on demand, and this is about 1/3 the length of the unabridged version. It is essential that the abridgment contain the core theory of each chapter, so I retain the core theory, and I retain what I can of the examples and applications. I was generally forced to delete the literature review and historical excursions except where they are integral to the theoretical presentation. The result is that the theoretical presentation in the abridgment does not benefit from the extensive explanation of how my theory relates to the work of others. I also deleted most of the personal notes that explain my development of the material. In the unabridged version, every chapter and every section begins with a satirical episode, or something similar, and I retain most of these in the abridgment.

Since every subsection of the unabridged version ends in a set of boxed summary paragraphs, in the abridgment I retain all boxed summary paragraphs. Hence, for a subsection whose content is deleted, you can still read the boxed summary paragraphs.

Abridgment adjustments.  Where I deleted text for the abridgment, I adjusted the adjacent text as needed. For other cases, I could locate relevant text if it contained a cross reference to deleted text. However, in order to catch the few remaining references to deleted text, I would have had to read the entire manuscript just to look for the rare such instances, and this was not feasible. As a result, you may find an occasional reference to material that has been deleted.