Related to academic books, including scholarly books, textbooks, and reference books. Considerations related to publishing academic books, choosing textbooks, etc., come under this tag.

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The book suggested for a class has bad reviews, should I use it or another?

I 'm at the start of my second semester of college and I don't have any real practical experience with programming, but I have to take a class on OOP that is usually taught to juniors. My OOP class ...
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Can a professor refuse to introduce any textbook for a course?

In a technical course, our professor refused to introduce any textbook. He officially stated (included in the course syllabus) that all the course content will be discussed in the class, and cover all ...
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How common is it that professors have their students write textbooks?

I keep hearing my teachers (high school and college) joke about how professors make their grad students write parts of textbooks for them. For example, one high school teacher picked up a history ...
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Open book tests and e-books

Open book exams are exams that are taken in a classroom, with a limited amount of time, but where the student can consult notes, textbooks, and any kind of written material. They are usually meant to ...
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What open access textbook publishing initiatives are around? [closed]

I am wondering how open access textbook publishing platform is viewed in regard to publication turnover i.e. how quickly can one get published through it, compared to (say) traditional publishing? ...
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Traveling with textbooks

So I am finishing my MSc in Europe and it looks like I will be headed to the US for a PhD. Along the way I have collected a small set of textbooks that I find particularly useful. From my experience, ...
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Does publishing a monograph with Springer in computer science have any academic value?

I was recently invited by Springer to publish a book: I proposed a table of contents, it was internally (in Springer) reviewed and accepted to be published as a monograph. I am at the stage of ...
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Is paper refering on pop science books less value?

I have a paper in linguistic which was written when I was in high school. I would like to mention it in my SOP. When I ask if I should mention it, xLeitix has raise this question: What is the ...
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What advantages and disadvantages should I consider in deciding whether to publish my academic book traditionally or self-publish?

I am an amateur mathematician. I am writing a research monograph in the field of abstract mathematics (general topology, specifically). Should I publish it traditionally or self-publish? There are ...
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Can I Publish a Book Based on my Ph.D. Thesis and Other Practical Findings I Found After My Ph.D?

I have a followup question after getting the answer on the following question: Who Owns the Publishing Rights of my Ph.D. Thesis?. After my Ph.D. I did work both in industry and in academic, and I ...
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Does writing a book improve your chance for getting scholarship for applying PhD abroad?

As you know there are many candidates competing for winning the scholarship for their PhD program, specially the ones who are applying abroad. So, having better skills likely spell to overcome the ...
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What are the main factors that mean Humanities PhDs get published as books?

In both this comment and this answer it is conveyed that in the humanities, PhD thesis are viewed as a first draft of a book and are often published. There are probably a number of factors that have ...
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How do academics find time to write books?

Books covering primarily academic topics, from philosophy and neuroscience to physics and geopolitics, are usually written (not surprisingly) by experts in the field, which are normally academics ...
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Do's and don'ts when writing an academic book [closed]

I am currently writing a book in mathematics. I have written a few pages and often stumble upon the question "is this good pedagogy" or is this "good typography". The chances of my work getting ...
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What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? [closed]

What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? Note: I am not looking for guesses, but answers supported by citations data. What are some good physics citations databases?
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What subjects benefit from textbook editions?

I've read several questions relating to the (typically US) practice of requiring students to buy up-to-date, expensive, editions of textbooks. I can see why the publishers are in favour of this, but I ...
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Is it legal (USA) and ethical to use international edition textbooks? When I pay for a textbook, where does the money go?

Background: I am a student. I didn't have anything in life for four years, and I worked myself silly at times for it. So now I ask - when I pay hundreds of dollars over the production cost (new ...
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What unforeseen dangers might exist when choosing an open access textbook for a new subject?

I must create a new module (first time to do from scratch). In the past, I've had either existing course descriptions, textbooks, etc. as a base on which to structure a module which is new for me. ...
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Can we buy licenses for e-books and lend them to students?

We are thinking about buying new textbooks for our students. Is there an established practice of buying digital copies of books for students? I expect that e-books should generally be cheaper and we ...
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How to decide whether to publish your paper in conference proceedings, as a journal article, or as a book chapter?

I thought that this simple question has been already asked here on Academia, but it seems to that it did not happen (or, I was not able to find it). So, I will ask it. You have accomplished some good ...
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Is there a way to save my students money on a textbook?

I'm considering requiring a textbook that sells for $140 on Amazon. Used copies cost $95 and up. I expect about 60 students to take the course. Our students are not wealthy, and some will skip ...
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A theorem exists in a book but not in a journal - is this considered as a publication?

When I was undergraduate I proved something which was non trivial (but I have to be honest, it was not something very important) in mathematics and i presented it to a professor at the university. He ...
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Is that a good idea to send an errata list to a professor whose class I'm currently enrolled in?

There is a professor at our school whose textbook I was using in class A (not taught by the professor). I've studied the textbook from cover to cover and have spotted about twenty typos (many of which ...
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Is using the same topic title as a book title plagiarizing?

There is a well known book "Scientific topic X. Philosophical reflections." It contains a collection of articles on the topic. I am writing a paper myself. To what extent is it allowed to use the same ...
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Is there any value in self-publishing a book as an academic?

Recently, I contacted a publisher about the draft of a book that I wrote about a year ago. I found their advertisement over the net. This is a scientific book that I have worked on for about two or ...
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Are there situations where taking an honorarium for trying a textbook on a class is acceptable behavior?

A publisher for an e-textbook is offering me an honorarium if I try it with a class. My own ethical take on this is that I would not entertain this regardless of the size of the honorarium (which I ...
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What is the actual difference between Graduate and Undergraduate texts?

Whenever I open a graduate text (on pretty much everything), I'm instantly overwhelmed as most topics are not well motivated, book reads like an encyclopedia and extremely high level topics maybe ...
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Could publishing a book on a subject prior to a PhD reflect negatively on me later if it has errors?

I noticed that some scholars in my field are best known for their earliest writing, even if their ideas were later found incorrect. I am writing a book in my area of interest and hope to publish ...
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Is there any way to pressure textbook publishers to reduce price?

I am an instructor in a medium-sized state school in the USA. The price for the textbook to the introductory math course that I teach just increased. Again. A new, paperback copy costs 170 USD. I want ...
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What is the benefit of writing lecture notes for an introductory course vs using a textbook?

Background: I am a junior university staff member, and I will teach an introductory course in linear algebra for the first time in a few months. I see that many teachers devote time to writing ...
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How do you choose a textbook for a new class

I am teaching a new class next term and I need to choose a text book (or create a reading list) for it. The class is a hands on introduction to programming with MATLAB. A quick search of my library's ...
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Prof disagrees with assigned textbook regarding an exam question

This actually happened to my wife, but for the sake of simplicity I'll talk about it as if it happened to me. I wrote a final exam for a university course last week, and a couple days ago I got my ...
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Should I inform students that there are cheaper alternatives to the on-campus book store?

The bookstore at my American university is an outpost of Barnes and Noble, charges much higher prices than can be found on Amazon, and in my opinion offers very poor service. Among other things that ...
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How can we find who owns an old book's copyright?

How can we find who owns an old book's copyright today, especially if the publishing company who printed said book no longer exists? This would also apply for other (non-book) publications.
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Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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Leave out the last chapter as it anyway should be addressed in second edition?

I am an amateur (not affiliated with an academy) mathematician. I have written a research monograph (see my site). The current status of the book is that it is well written and is reasonably checked ...
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Paths to specialize in antique book and manuscript conservation and handling

I am not sure whether this is the best place to field this question but I assume Academia is a reasonable fit. If someone is interested, initially as a hobby, in the collecting, cataloguing, ...
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Which are the criteria I have to follow to choose a citation style for my book?

Suppose I have to write a book, how can I decide which citation style choose? I know that the most used are APA, MLA, ISO 690 but I don't understand what is the difference and which one is most used ...
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Is it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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How long should a book proposal review be?

What are the expectations, primarily in terms of length but also along other relevant dimensions, for a review of a book proposal? The book itself will be as long as 5-10 papers but the proposal ...
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Are many new math results first published in monographs?

Are many new math results first published in monographs (not in articles)?
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What are the things one should consider when invited to contribute a book chapter?

What are the things one should consider, as a postdoc, before accepting or rejecting an invitation to contribute a book chapter? The proposed book is a handbook in a developing field of engineering.
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I have found an error in a textbook. What can I do about it?

In the book Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory (10th edition) by Boylestad and Louis Nashelsky, I have found a technical mistake. What can I do about this? To whom should I send an email, the ...
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Pros and cons of (co-)authoring a reference book in early career?

I am early in a tenure-track position. I undertook with a publisher to write a reference book a while back and with a light load to start with in my new position, I recently agreed to set a deadline ...
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How do I ask the author of a book in English if I can translate it into my native language?

I want to translate an English book, but before translating it, I want to be sure if the author will permit me to do so. I am not doing this for financial gain. Since it is a book about a new ...
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Shortened version of a math book (without proofs)

I've authored a math research monograph (which can be however used as a textbook, as it is structured like a textbook). Is it worth to make short version of it containing only definitions and ...
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Is it rude to request a book chapter from the academic who wrote it if you don't want to buy the entire textbook?

The title says it all. I want to read a book chapter from a prominent Oxbridge researcher, but I don't want to shell out the cash for the entire textbook in which it's published. Is it rude to contact ...
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Is it ethical to profit by having my students buy my textbook?

This question was suggested to me by How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format? which asked about the practicalities, but attracted many comments about the ethics. So this question ...
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Difference between International edition of a book and a non international one

Most of the textbooks I used during my undergraduate studies (outside north America) are International editions, so what is the difference between a national and an international edition of a book? ...
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Defining book co-author

Must a co-author of a book have written literally half? Or can her role refer to significant contributions that actually made the book publishable, such as extensive rewriting and editing, knowledge ...