Some Clarifications On MRN’s Second Edition

5 Jan


nfc capAfter reading comments about my post on the second edition in boards, I’d like to set a few things straight and offer some “reading advice” to the, few, cigar smokers commenting, or rather whining, on two issues.

While most of the comments have been supportive and positive of the hard labour and arduous tenacity by the author, the two issues misunderstood about the new edition are its supposedly high – make that : prohibitive – price and it’s low publication numbers.

I believe some people like to put things into my or the author’s mouth.

They have concluded that the retail price will be outrageous. And printing will be so very limited only the “elite” can afford it.

If people can still read, I have never quoted the retail price and I wrote  the priority is printing the first 2,000 books for the Frankfurt Book Fair. I never wrote, and MRN never confirmed, that the book will be limited to 2,000 copies.

Maybe their attention span was not long enough to finish the two last sentences of my blog post, so take your time – what is it you don’t exactly understand of them ?

” The intention of the book is to preserve information for posterity which will otherwise be lost. It is not a commercial project and monetary gain is not the motivation.

MRN has told me in person that he has not seriously thought of the final number of books printed, distribution channels and/or retail price. Getting the first 2000 books published in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair is his first priority for the moment. “

Let me quote two posts from another boards here of as an example – persons who obviously read the entire text and understood the concept :

Oliverdst : Re-reading the last paragraph of the article I assume there will more than one kind of book:

“MRN has told me in person that he has not seriously thought of the final number of books printed, distribution channels and/or retail price. Getting the first 2000 books published in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair is his first priority for the moment.”

Very expensive books – this is not a rule – usually have 2 or 3 different editions (kind of paper, signed or not, format…). I remember the following book as a rule:…books-available.html

I hope the one mentioned in the article will be the expensive one. Maybe there will be a “cheap” one with the 4 volums like the 1st edition.

Well observed, Oliver.

Sam a : I think its nice that the quality dictates the price rather than the price dictating its quality.



As to the book being “elitist and only for the wealthy, etc blah blah hot air” –  funny how people, or shall I say a “handful of Taliban-like egalitarian zealots” nowadays feel that the world owes them.

I can still remember when I first worked as a Bank officer at the Deutsche Bank in 1973, after graduating from a 3 year training, my monthly salary was DM 1.091.-, a pretty high salary at that time given the average clerk made only around DM 600.- per month.

The full set of the German equivalent of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Brockhaus, retailed for about DM 7.000 – 8.000, many months my salary.

Of course, not many people, except only the super well-off could afford a set of the Encyclopaedia. Very impressive looking for displaying purposes at home by the way.

Yet no one in Germany in 1973 said the Brockhaus/Encyclopaedia Britannica was produced exclusively for the elite and the wealthy, robbing ordinary folks of their natural born human rights to free knowledge.

How funny.

If you cannot even read, what good is a book for you, be it cheap or expensive or exclusive ?

Why bother ?

Or is it that you just do not want to miss the new vogue toy to brag to others that you have the very latest expensive looking MRN second edition book yet do not want to pay the proper production cost ?

Why smoke good cigars then ?


5 Responses to “Some Clarifications On MRN’s Second Edition”

  1. Micah 06/01/2013 at 06:27 #


    Mr. MRN and yourself have been extremely generous in sharing your vast knowledge and experiences to the benefit of all who have an interest in cigars, Cuba, and living the good life.

    Neither of you owe an explanation, clarification, or apology to any of the sour grapes who hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to attack and denigrate.

    Please know there are many people such as myself who owe a debt of gratitude to MRN and yourself for your tireless endeavors.

    • Nino Munoz 06/01/2013 at 14:00 #

      Thank you Micah !

      Neither explanation nor apology – just some straight opinion from my side and happy you share the point of view.

      Best Regards / Nino

  2. Keith 06/01/2013 at 20:00 #


    Awesome. Just awesome. Well put – similar thoughts to my own, after reading recent thoughts and posts.

    Thank you for putting this out there. Cheers.

  3. Arild 07/01/2013 at 02:34 #

    Nino, thank you for putting the shoe firmly down on the people out there only whining and in search for troublemaking and talking behind other peoples back. They will always be present, but it is very satisfiing to see them get kicked right up there in your excellent blog!

    Like Micah said, we are many around the world finding immense pleasure to read what people like MRN and yourself are writing, and to learn from you.

    We are very thankful there are people like MRN and Nino out there willing to spend so much time, effort and money to share your knowledge and thoughts with us thousends of interested lovers of Havana cigars. Thank you MRN and Nino for the information on the new book and the wonderful story about your friendship and pleasure during the holiday in Hong Kong!

  4. Frank 07/01/2013 at 11:56 #

    Well said Nino. If even a book is to costly and you have to complain about it even before you know the price than in MHO you’re in the wrong hobby.

    It probably is the one and only book that you must have as a cigar aficionado/collector. I am looking forward to it and I couldn’t care less about the cost. Happy to pay for quality.