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Rendering With Radiance

asked 2016-02-22 07:26:47 -0500

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Does anyone know where to get the book, "Rendering with Radiance", Greg Larson and Rob Shakespeare? It's listed on Amazon for $1000 USD. I'm hoping there is another source.

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answered 2016-02-22 10:25:29 -0500

Funny you should ask, Randolph Fritz ( posted an update on the status of this book just last week on the radiance-general list. The book/bible is long out of print from M-K, but a while back Randolph and Charles Ehrlich organized an effort to make hard copies available again, and there are a few left. Get some! Here's Randolph's recent post, in its entirety, since it tells you everything you need to know:

This is a reminder that the basic reference Rendering with Radiance is still available, both from me in softcover for $35 + shipping and handling and in print-on-demand hardcover from Chas Ehrlich for $80 on Amazon. I also have four misprints left that I'll ship anywhere in the USA for $12, total.

The Amazon hardcovers are the second printing. They are print-on-demand books and (Chas tells me) the cover looks a bit rough They are available for US$80 + shipping at: (don't even worry about the over-priced ones that Amazon lists; the pricing seems to be the result of some weird Amazon thing.)

My softcovers are the third printing and contain some additional corrections to the mathematics. They are available for US$35 + shipping through my web site (or just write me) at:

Truth in marketing: there will eventually be a cheap or free PDF version of the book, but don’t hold your breath. Amazon’s shipping prices outside of the USA may be better than mine . . . or not, I really don’t know. -- Randolph M. Fritz, Lighting Design and Simulation +1 206 659-8617 ||

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That is good news. Abebooks lists a few used copies in the $700 - $6000 USD range.

Chris Jones's avatar Chris Jones  ( 2016-02-22 10:48:15 -0500 )edit

Yeah, those prices are horseshit. Good luck, grab one of those copies from Randolph! Bear in mind that while incredibly useful, the book predates the addition of rcontrib and other tools that form the foundation of the 3- and 5-phase methods commonly used these days. For specific info on those refer to the tutorials from Andy McNeil.

rpg777's avatar rpg777  ( 2016-02-22 12:00:27 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-02-22 11:24:02 -0500

Thanks, Rob. I'm still not sure that anyone is actually paying those several hundred dollar prices; I think they're computers bidding against computers.

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Guess that means there are some broke computers out there...

GregWard's avatar GregWard  ( 2016-02-22 17:15:39 -0500 )edit

On the other hand, the awk book is still $100. No wonder hardly anyone uses awk any more.

Randolph M. Fritz's avatar Randolph M. Fritz  ( 2016-02-22 19:23:13 -0500 )edit

I have an awk book. Sed too. $99 obo.

rpg777's avatar rpg777  ( 2016-02-22 21:20:13 -0500 )edit

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