井底之蛙

2/8/2007

The changing world of scholarship

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 9:27 am

I got a box of books in the mail yesterday. This book to be exact

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I’m not really interested in reading it, as I assume I already know what’s in it. I always hate looking at my own work, since it alway seems so dead, and in the past, (I was done with the final edits well over a year ago) and inadequate. The only think that I find at all interesting about the book is the marketing.

Some of you of may want to buy it to drive up my Amazon numbers. Of course some of you may also want to read it. Actually,  if you do want to read it I’m not sure you need to buy it. Chapter one is available for free from the publisher. There is also a Google books link, and although it is
not up yet I assume soon you will be able to Google the whole thing. My old book is already up on Google, so there is no reason to buy that one. You can already read the table of contents on World Cat and I assume soon on Amazon. There are already used bookseller selling it on Amazon marketplace, although at a mark-up rather than
a discount. There has been a lot of talk about the decline of the book as a form of scholarship, and we seem to be reaching the point where the actual physical book is less important than the electrons that surround it. Of course it was electrons to begin with. When will we start to skip the printing part?

 

6 responses to “The changing world of scholarship”

  1. Mazel Tov!

    I’ll pass a note to our library forthwith….

  2. K. M. Lawson says:

    Congratulations Alan!

  3. Yan Xishan says:

    Nice back cover quote from my boy Mike Tsin!

  4. S. Weasel says:

    We’ll skip the printing part when we finally have a comfortable electronic device for reading. Small, relatively inexpensive, unwired, good battery life and easy on the eyes. Of course, if it’s all those things, I won’t mind so much.

    Did you give Google permission, or are they poaching?

  5. CW Hayford says:

    Congrats once again. Looks beautiful, and, judging by the earlier book of readings, should do a good deal to stimulate new thinking.

    BTW, Google doesn’t have the full text on line for free, only sample pages.

  6. J Chan says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/index.shtml

    Above is the link to a recent BBC radio programme on the Opium Wars.

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