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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Do any of the big English textbook publishers have translations into Russian?

I am specifically looking for freshmen-level textbooks in Biology, Chemistry and Physiology that have been translated into Russian, but would be interested to hear about other topics too. I know ...
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Who decides to publish different versions of the same textbook?

Do authors or publishers decide to publish too similar versions of textbooks that feel like cash grabs? Or do the publishers suggest it? Three examples — 1. James Stewart's pricey first year ...
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How to convert a PhD Thesis written on published articles into a book? [closed]

Is it a good idea to convert Thesis (computer science field) written on the basis of my own published research articles into a book? Taking care of text recycling and copyright plus wider knowledge ...
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Who decides which, if any, solutions are publicized to students?

For students, some textbooks publicize no solutions, some just half (either odd or even numbered exercises), and some all. How's this decided? Does the author have the final say? Can publishers ...
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Why do I see research being republished in Springer?

For example, I see a "book" on Springer published in 2017 that is identical to a conference article presented in 2011. What is happening here? In my opinion, duplicate publications are not ...
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Does McGraw Hill Connect improve student learning outcomes?

I am debating if I should adopt the McGraw-Hill Connect system for my course next semester. On one hand, I am worried about the students' backslash because of the cost. On the other hand, after the ...
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Citing books: international edition or the original edition?

I am based in India and typically only have access to "International" editions of various books (i.e., edition which is for sale in the Indian subcontinent/select countries only). I now need ...
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Self-Publishing or Academic Publishing (on Springer) for Mathematics books?

Book Publication Dilemma I am looking to publish a book on mathematics this year. It is around 250 pages and the material in it is on differential forms, and very applicable to hobbyists. Choosing a ...
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Fantasy book examples in PhD Thesis

I have a question regarding the use of fantasy books in a PhD thesis. Imagine for example that I'm writing an example motivating the use of databases. Can I design e.g. a database composed of Game of ...
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Chances of academically publishing a book without professional degree

I have been considering publishing the book I am writing with Springer; specifically under the series Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics (or any related series). I believe the contents of the book ...
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Regarding PDF copy of a book downloaded from reputed universities [duplicate]

For ethical reasons I try to avoid reading books downloaded from illegal and pirated websites. I was self studying a topic by reading a certain book. Due to COVID-19 my nearby library is closed. I ...
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Citing a Book in Projects/ Research Papers?

I am Currently Working on Writing my Undergraduate Minor Project Report. For that I need to Study Various Topics from Various Books. Now, My Process is to Read the Chapters Thoroughly and then write ...
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How to cite WHO published books in Endnote

I need to cite a book published by WHO preferably using endnote. How do I import book citation information like journals for journals in Endnote? This is the book I need to cite: https://www.who.int/...
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Best eBook website for PhD students [closed]

What's the best "bookmine" academic targeted website for PhD students to find references for their studies ? Thanks in advance
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My professor told us a previous version of our textbook would be okay, but has now decided that it isn't?

I currently have a class in which at the beginning of the semester, our entire class was told it would be okay to obtain a previous version of the textbook which I did because it was significantly ...
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Is it acceptable to email an author to ask for a copy of his book that is currently out of print?

(Apologies if this isn't the place to ask, as I'm not a college student or independent researcher). I am a secondary school student in Ireland currently working on a large project for a history class ...
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Is it ethical to use a textbook required for a class that was easily found online?

I am taking an online class that requires a textbook to be purchased. I have found the book through my first simple search using the Google search engine. The website where I found the book seems to ...
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Should Textbook chapters Contain a “Summary” Section

I am far enough along with an introductory textbook in the computing field that it looks like I might finish. For each chapter so far, I've written a final "Summary" section that ...
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Should I seek professional help because I have a lot of math books?

I’m a graduate student in mathematics. One day, there was a discussion between graduate students about how many books a working mathematician has. Then each student would talk about their personal ...
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Are books peer-reviewed?

I am unsure for books but I know for certain that selected journal articles are peer-reviewed. (This just shows I am not in academia!) Do books go through a peer-review process? If so, how does this ...
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Do teachers generally refer to hard-to-comprehend books? [closed]

I have studied at 4 universities, and in 3 different programs. I always observed that when asked for a recommendation for a book to understand a topic easily and clearly, university-professors always ...
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What's the meaning of “Topics in … ”?

I have seen some courses in the university that start with "Topics in this ... Topics in that ...", I have also seen some books that use that word "Topics in Algebraic Graph Theory"...
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How can I protect my loose leaf textbooks?

One book I ordered this semester is a loose leaf book (3-hole punched) that I'm currently keeping in a binder. Problem is, the pages are quite thin, and tear very easily near the hole punches. What ...
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Standard recommendations and steps for writing introductory books [closed]

Suppose I plan to write an introduction to, say, statistics that's intended both for self-learning and as a companion to a university course. Is there any standard advice about the following? ...
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What's the difference between textbooks and other non-fiction books?

Say, why is the book How The Immunse System Works (by Lauren Sompayrac) regarded as a "textbook" but, say, The Better Angels of Our Nature is not? There are thousands of non-fiction books, ...
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How significant is it to publish a scientific “review paper” in 6–10 impact factor journal?

I have published my thesis to an international conference but it was not anything reputed. However, I do not have access to lab now. I have been asked to be a part of a review-paper writing team and a ...
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If I publish my PhD thesis chapters, can my thesis be later still published as a monograph

My supervisor told me that it is not required to publish my papers before submitting my thesis. We are required (in German universities), however, to published our monograph thesis later as a book. ...
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Pros and Cons of being an editor for an edited book volume

I am early in my tenure track position. I have just completed my post-doc and PhD two years ago. In collaboration with colleagues, we have recently circulated call-for-papers for an edited book. What ...
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Teaching with a textbook

In the past, I was only teaching graduate-level courses where I was creating the material myself. It was slides with material from various books, research papers, and my own work. Accompanied by ...
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Lecture Notes and Textbooks [duplicate]

When teaching a course based a text book, is using the proofs of theorems and examples from a text book considered reproducing the material from the textbook, while providing the study lecture notes?
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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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Publishing company's reps refusing to send desk copies to my home. Any way around this?

A certain popular publishing company won't send a textbook to my home, for a course I'm teaching this Fall; It's a new edition for this year. I understand they have policies, but I was expecting some ...
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I am looking for a online PH.D in hospitality and marketing [closed]

I would like to find an affordable worldwide (or at least not top $$$) and recognized Ph.D. program to write my Hospitality Marketing book as my Ph.D. any advice or suggestions?
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Writing a book expanding on a previous review paper?

After writing a review paper on a specific topic, is it common to write a book to expand the review paper in a more pedagogical way, and to include more subtopics/content? Also, since published papers ...
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Where can I find standard high school textbooks used in the US and UK? [closed]

So for example, India has this government organization called The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). They produce their textbooks which are also available to download for ...
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Should I publish book chapters as standalone articles before approaching a publisher?

[Humanities - Post Doc Stage] Do you encourage the publication of chapters as articles prior to full book publication, with the aim to improve research profile? Or do you advise publishing a book of ...
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Are nonfiction writers, that avoid the use of footnotes/endnotes, respected by the academic community? [closed]

I've seen books of Jared Diamond (biogeographer) and other fine nonfiction writers, that don't use any references or footnotes/endnotes - not even bibliography. Instead, they put a "for further ...
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What does a textbook look like while you are writing it?

I've entertained the idea of writing a textbook for several years now. The idea has taken several forms - a set of course notes that I provide as pdf, a text that is printed at my institution, or ...
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How should I cite or reference books when I'm trying to compile a book (from other sources) for a specific course at my college?

So, I'm trying to compile a text for my fluid mechanics course, since my course does not follow one text, its difficult for reference. Most of the content will be taken word to word from established ...
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How is the production of a Festschrift usually initiated?

For the first time I have been asked to contribute to a Festschrift. I was surprised to read in the invitation that it is being prepared "in consultation with XY's institution and himself". I had ...
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Should I let my professor know that I cited a text written by him…that I pirated from online

I wrote an essay for a professor of mine, in which I cited a book he had written. As it so happens, the citation is based on my having obtained a (most likely) pirated PDF copy of the book. The text ...
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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The limits of plagiarism

Suppose I write an introductory article to a subject into a journal and I use ideas from a textbook in another language. The paper is not a translation of the book chapter but clearly relies on it. I ...
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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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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 cite a revised second edition?

So, I am trying to cite a book in the References section of my paper, and the publication information on the book cover is really confusing, which is as follows: AN INTRODUCTION TO WITTGENSTEIN'S ...
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Publishing a high-quality indexed book retaining copyright

Two colleagues and I would like to publish a book, and we're surveying our options for the publishing company. Throughout discussions, it became clear that all these items are important to us: Retain ...
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How to cite quote from Gutenberg Project ebook?

I am reading 'The life and letters of Charles Darwin' from Gutenberg Project ebook. I want to cite some quotes from this book in academic article. How can I cite it? Project FAQs suggests following ...
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Is it legal to download textbooks from academia.edu? [duplicate]

There is a website called academia.edu. It seems like they have papers on various topics - but my question is about their textbooks. It is possible to download certain college textbooks for free ...

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