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Re: Does free lead to paid?
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- Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:36:29 EDT
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Heather Morrison wrote : > For academic books, the purpose for writing, very similar to > articles, is to disseminate new knowledge. Oh dear. And there I was all this time thinking that the prime operative purpose was of quite a more enlightened nature -- having to do with career advancement, job security, peer recognition, self-satisfaction and fulfillment, perhaps secondarily with furthering the scholarly debate. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, or simply too naive. I hardly dare get into the question of whether knowledge -- a dynamic cognitive state, if I'm not mistaken -- is something that is subject to dissemination, or of what it might mean for it to be old or new or somewhere in between. - Laval Hunsucker Breukelen, Nederland ----- Original Message ---- From: Heather Morrison <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Mon, March 15, 2010 10:37:09 PM Subject: RE: Does free lead to paid? As Sandy Thatcher has pointed out, there are significant differences between academic books and trade books. The key difference, from my perspective, is the purpose of the book. For academic books, the purpose for writing, very similar to articles, is to disseminate new knowledge. The difference in access between open access and today's typical academic book print run of a few hundred copies is huge. In other words, the important criterion for success of an academic book is not whether access is "paid", but whether the book is read. Heather Morrison, MLIS PhD Student, SFU School of Communication The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com