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Questions tagged [books]

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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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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Is it okay to post textbook solutions online?

It seems to me, based on two previous stack exchange questions (1, 2) that this is legal, but I'm wondering more if it's "okay," i.e. what do academics/professors think of this? I'm interested in ...
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How to decide on what citation format to use when writing on legal history?

I am an amateur historian who is considering writing a book about the history of Treason in the United States. I have a dilemma with how to format citations. The book, by nature of being history of ...
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Should I send professors money for illegally downloading their books? [closed]

I illegally download almost all the books I need for my studies. While I'm more than happy to give a middle finger to the publisher mafia, it does of course mean that the author of the book is not ...
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Sharing set of exercises in a textbook (the morally right way?)

This is possibly a more general question about copyright, but I think I can specify this question into question about teaching, especially on STEM subjects. I don't know exactly whether I should post ...
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Chances of Being Accepted for a Book Author as a Graduate Student

I recently identified a textbook which is currently looking for authors of chapters. It states "For selected and invited authors" on the website, so I am wondering, if I submit a chapter proposal, if ...
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Should I say/write the n-word in a quote?

I'm quoting a book (To Kill A Mockingbird) and using a quote where the n-word is used. Later I'm going to have to read that out loud while my teacher also has a copy. Should I censor the word when ...
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Should I use the book that is recommended by the professor? [closed]

My physics professor's course is BASED on a book, so he recommends buying one particular book. The book is good, but there are many other, better books. Would it be a good idea to buy books other ...
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How common is it for academics to write fiction?

I have submitted a few papers to academic journals. I love writing non-fiction articles and long form "literary" non-fiction. I also would love to write at least one novel. None of my fiction is ...
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Professor charging class cash for magazine [duplicate]

I'm in a writing comp class and my professor is charging the class each a cash fee for a New Yorker magazine which is part of the required classwork. Is this allowed and is it considered ethical, ...
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Do people feel free to review a Festschrift as any other book?

In different fields, renowned academics are sometimes honoured with a Festschrift on the occasion of their birthday or in memory of their life. (The Festschrift contains articles by scholars close to ...
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Feedback on “book summary” originated from master's thesis

I am transforming my Mater thesis into a book. I need to write a 100 word summary for the same as well. Should I be mentioning in my book that it is an extension of my Master's thesis? The following ...
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Is there any way to find changes between two revisions of a book?

I want to find how much it differs between Pocket Medicine 6th edition and the previous 5th one in scale of percent of words or something similar. I've revised the translation of the book for a ...
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Is it legal to have a collection of interesting articles printed for personal use, in the form of a book?

Every once in a while I come across an article whose quality stands out exceptionally in my field of research. While I don't always have the time to read the full paper (usually tens of pages long), I ...
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What is the difference between this “book” and a research paper?

I don't know a lot about the scientific research and its concepts. What is the difference between this book and any research paper? From my understanding of the research world, I know that link....
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How to write a thesis to transform into a book?

I am starting to write my thesis by the start of August this year. I want to write it in a format so that later I can publish a book out of it. How is it possible? Any suggestions? Also, does this ...
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Where'd this layout come from?

In the past, I experimented a lot with the layout of my thesis. Until I managed to find a PDF of a standard book layout of some publisher, which attracted me so much that I copied it for my thesis. ...
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Dealing with unprofessional/erroneous textbook and exams? [closed]

Background I am a Permanent Resident living in the USA (CO) and studying part-time at a Christian distance-learning institution which is accredited in the USA and based in Missouri. The course is a ...
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Why are textbook authors often not the most famous/cited researchers?

I am not sure if this is generalizable to all subjects. What I have noticed in some of the sciences, for example biology, ecology, and environmental sciences, is that the authors of the most used ...
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How to compile an index for a book efficiently, if at all possible?

My book manuscript of ca 250 pages was accepted by a publisher. The book contract obliges me to either prepare an index myself or to delegate the task to the publisher, who in turn would hire a ...
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Rules for using an electronic text as the texbook for a class

I have just completed my PhD in Mathematics and accepted a job as a visiting assistant professor. The course I am assigned to teach allows me to pick the textbook I wish to use. I am currently ...
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Academic publishing: why placing figures on top/bottom of pages in single-column layout?

When you turn in a manuscript to an academic publisher, they may insist (referring to their style guide and publication process) that all figures are placed on top/bottom of the manuscript's pages ...
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Springer’s book-chapter sharing policies

Last year I submitted an article to a peer-reviewed book to be added as a chapter. Finally, my article got accepted and it is ready for publication. The publisher is going to be Springer. I would ...
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Reading or listening to audio books [closed]

What's better, reading a book or listening to audio books? I've done a bit research, and most places say that on isn't superior to the other. But I'm not convinced by that, since I don't see the logic ...
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How to expedite? Compensation? University still hasn't provided alternative formats after 9 months

Facts My visually impaired brother attends university ("UNI") in England. In Jul 2017, he requested Alternative Formats. As of Apr 11 2018, UNI's Library still hasn't contacted the publishers, but ...
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Online vs hard copy, which texts are students more likely to read?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any studies that indicate whether students read online texts more or less than hard copy texts. I am in the midst of trying to "reboot" the intro stats class I teach ...
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Royalties and advances from academic publishers: what should I look out for?

I am an early-career academic in a humanities subject and have been offered my first book contract. The offer is from a reputable international commercial publisher, which has published several recent ...
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How do I read a textbook or monograph with good comprehension?

I’m not a native English speaker but my reading ability is good. However, when it comes to academic books, I feel that my comprehension is slow. What strategies or methods can I use to help me improve ...
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What to do if there is no book about a certain topic?

I am currently researching the foundations of graph theory (math). I have noticed two kind of things in introduction books. There are results seemingly so obvious nobody writes about it. There are ...
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Whom to suggest to publisher for endorsement of my book?

I've submitted the final manuscript for a book with a reputed social science publisher. My publisher wants a list of people who might be willing to provide endorsement for the book. Whom should I ...
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Books/resources for new faculty [closed]

I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US. During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, ...
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Guides to graduate school in physics/CS [closed]

Steven Krantz's book A Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development has been mentioned in answers on this site. The book is full of good advice for graduate students in ...
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Legality and feasibility of digitizing old text books and course notes for private use [duplicate]

I have finished university already some years ago, and am now working in the field of my previous studies. I was always very careful, diligent and organized when it came to collecting and archiving my ...
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Is it ethical for an instructor to use their own textbook in an undergraduate course? [duplicate]

Students in an undergraduate course often have no choice of a textbook for the subject and are expected to buy the book recommended by the instructor. The expectations can be advisory or mandatory. ...
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Is it a good idea to publish a complete open-access solutions manual to accompany my open-access textbook?

It will likely be several years (probably more) before I write a textbook, but it's something I've been finding myself pondering in the back of my mind recently. I would like to distribute my book à ...
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text books - studying [closed]

Is there some sort of source/website that states all the required textbooks for a particular subject? For instance, I'm intrigued too learn about certain subjects however I am no graduate or anything, ...
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Is it OK to publish a book as an undergraduate?

I am a CS student at 4th year in my university. I have done a lot of real-world projects, worked as a freelancer for many years, and have released a lot of software in use by thousands of people. I ...
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Does providing textbook solutions benefit the student?

Often textbooks don't have solutions to problems and if they do they are often password protected for instructor use only. Has any research been done (in peer reviewed journals) that looks at whether ...
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How does a departmental library decide what new books to order?

Who decides what books a department (say, of mathematics, at a public university in the US) shall order for its library? Is there usually a formal process? I am somewhat surprised that I have found ...
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Why don't many textbooks have electronic versions?

I'm trying to find a way to buy Doug West's Introduction to Graph Theory but with an electronic edition. I can't find one. What's the barrier for these books being electronic?
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Is there a (text)book on how academia works?

Is there a (text)book on how academia or science works? What I'm looking for is not anecdotes and tips, but actual insights presented systematically, like any textbooks in every disciplines. This book ...
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Should I cite the latest edition of a book?

Before publication, if a new edition of a source is released, should I try and find the new edition or keep a citation based on the old?
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Is it appropriate for a PhD candidate to publish a book?

I have had an idea for a year or two to write a book relating to the research I do. My specific field (in the mathematical sciences) is somewhat niche and no book currently exists that aggregates the ...
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Write a paper based on forthcoming chapter in a book

I have a forthcoming book on a given topic. I would like to extend a section that deals with a significant topic per se into a full (though not very long) paper. Would the paper be desk-rejected? The ...
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Should I use a ISBN or DOI?

I will soon end my work on book about a statistical computing environment and its use in my field. It will require the reader to use the electronic copy alongside with the particular software open in ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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Copyright and Online Course Materials

I have been considering making an online course and have had difficulty finding clear information regarding what is permissible to use as course materials, particularly from a textbook. This question ...
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Getting published: writing a book chapter in linguistics

I am an assistant professor of linguistics. In order to get promoted to the associate professorship one of the things I need to do is write a book or a book chapter. I was wondering how I could write ...
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Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? [closed]

Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? I'm particularly concerned with textbooks on mathematics. I have this obsession that I should solve all of the problems that a textbook has. ...
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How thorough should I be when reviewing chapters for a book?

I'm editing my first book and, as part of the process, I have to review the chapters from the different authors. I'm doubting about how deep the review should be, I mean for example If I think that if ...