Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation


Publisher's note re the eBook: Due to the size and nature of the book we had to make some tough choices when it came to converting Behind Bars into digital format. Our initial wish was to convert it into a re-flowable format so we could achieve the usual sophisticated features that are becoming the standard expectation of eBook consumers. However, after literally months of trying to get it right, we continued to encounter numerous problems with layout formatting and image rendering due to the size of the file, the number of images contained within it and the graphical density of these. In the end we had little choice other than to opt for a fixed-layout format, which means for the kindle version we had to choose between a zoom function and a useable search. As this is such an important textbook we opted for users to be able to search. While it omits certain features, the quality of the overall product was much greater than what we'd been able to achieve previously and more fitting with the calibre we think readers of Behind Bars would expect. Given the more limited functionality we also lowered the price and we think this is excellent value for money.

As at August 2013, there are no plans to publish 'Behind Bars' in a paperback edition.




There was a special pre-publication price (£35) which expired on December 31st 2010. Pre-publication orders exceeded 500 copies.


Behind Bars in shop window (JPG, 11Kb)

20 Jan 2021: 10th anniversary of publication: sales of 12,000 and 10th imprint
Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation by Elaine Gould
Published 20 January 2011:
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