New "Bear's Guide"?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by PhiloScholar, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. PhiloScholar

    PhiloScholar Member

    Hey folks,

    Anyone have the inside scoop when the new Bear's Guide (a.k.a. " The Distance Learning Bible") will be out soon?

    I'm looking to trade my old one in for an updated model.

    - Shawn
  2. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    I couldn't find the 16th edition on Amazon. But Barnes and Noble ( says it will be available on Dec. 28th. $22.

    The publisher says "Fall 2005" ( $30.

    Reminder: as discussed elsewhere here last month, there is no more apostrophe in the title.

    John Bear
    Author or co-author, editions 1-15.
    Uninvolved with edition 16.
  3. PhiloScholar

    PhiloScholar Member

    Thanks Dr. Bear...look forward to getting it soon.

    Sorry for the typo.

    - Shawn
  4. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    My Amazon Cart says:

    "1 item - delivery estimate: January 10, 2006 - January 14, 2006"
  5. Manturo

    Manturo Member

    Any idea if another edition is coming out soon?
  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Holy thread necromancy, Batman! A seven year old thread!
  7. PhiloScholar

    PhiloScholar Member



    I would have no idea on the answer to that question. I am not connected to the writer of the guide, nor the publisher.

    - Shawn
  8. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    I'm a bit clueless, but what does Bear's Guide do? What is so significant about it?
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning has been the Bible of DL programs ever since its inception in 1974.
  10. Jacob Perry

    Jacob Perry New Member

    Isn't this site essentially an updated to Bears Guide?
  11. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    The first copy I came across was, iirc, in the late 80's. Couldn't put it down. Bought most every edition after that.
  12. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I have the 1976-1977 issue. I bought it for 5-cents at a library sale.
  13. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    In some ways it's better, by virtue of being interactive. BTW, I keep a copy of the 14th edition (in my opinion the best edition) next to my laptop.
  14. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    I started by picking up Bear's Guide 9th edition (1985) from the discard pile of the City University Library. I've owned all subsequent editions up to and including the 16th edition and have gone back and picked up some (but not all) of the earlier editions.
  15. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Here's the situation. Ten Speed Press was bought by Random House a couple of years ago (reportedly for $30 million!). Random House told us that they would eventually get around to deciding which Ten Speed books they would keep, which they would want updated, and which they would abandon. So far, we've only heard about two, both cookbooks. One they wanted revised, and one they cut loose. Not a word about the Bears Guides, however.

    Daughter Mariah and I are thinking of making a pitch to Random House this fall, suggesting that we combine Bears Guide with the once popular "Finding Money for College" book, perhaps to be called "Finding and Funding Your Online Degree." Their choices are (1) Say yes, (2) Say no, but hang onto the rights, or (3) Say no, and return the rights to us, and then we could go elsewhere or do self-publishing.

    I agree with Kizmet; the 14th is my favorite.

    --John Bear
  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    My favorite was the 15th.

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