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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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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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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Duplicate content in multi-volume monograph

A scientist writes a multi-volume monograph reflecting his latest research results. In the first volume a certain topic is presented but incompletely because at the time of writing the research on ...
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Colaborative book writing

Recently I got a master's degree in Computer Science and now I'm writing my doctorate proposal. Meanwhile, I'm looking to colaborate on book writing within HPC, virtualization, cloud computing area. ...
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What is the purpose of international editions of books sometimes omitting some problems, footnotes, or other content?

I've noticed that - at least in the US - a book is published and sold at a non-trivial price to US residents. However, the author/publisher may also make an international version. This version is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The difference in writing style between a book chapter and article in a journal

My discipline is educational technology and I have been invited to submit a book chapter about integrating technology in my region. I published many articles in top refereed journals, but not sure ...
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Book publishing used anti_plagiarism tool [closed]

Is all book publishing used plagiarism detection? And can i check plagiarism for old book published from two years and get true percent of similarity? Regards
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Why are dissertation-based books looked down upon?

I came across the following statement by the Chicago University Press: If your book has its origins in a dissertation, your acknowledgments should not draw attention to this fact, as it will ...
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How to publish an academic book but make the PDF freely available online?

Background I like the idea of writing an academic book. It currently looks better on a CV when applying for jobs, grants, promotions, etc. than a blog post, or a website. Libraries and people ...
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Why would an academic write a textbook for free?

Recently, I became aware of a Java programming textbook Introduction to Programming Using Java, Seventh Edition which is to my surprise, free as in: The most recent version of this book is always ...
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Why don't graduate math texts have solutions to their exercises?

I study mathematics and sometimes I have seen book that contains problems but not their solutions. Why are there no solutions available anywhere? For example, the books I have read are: Neukirch: ...
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Resubmitting book proposal?

Would it be allowable (or prudent) to resubmit a book proposal to a press where it was once rejected, provided it was revised afterwards? If so, what elements should be different or included in the ...
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Why do math/physics professors publish textbooks? [duplicate]

Does it help their tenure case to write an expository textbook? I'd be surprised if it does, seeing as writing a textbook on, say, quantum mechanics, is not original scholarly work. So why would a ...
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Good books/resource on mathematical writing

I am a freshly graduated Ph.D. I want to improve further my mathematical writing (in English, if this matters). I am looking for books/resource that address good mathematical writing. I can find some ...
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Do you have to have PhD or employed in academia to publish a textbook?

I am interested in publishing a statistics textbook (e.g. through Duxbery, Springer, etc.). I do not have PhD in Statistics, nor am I employed in university or college as an instructor/professor (but ...
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Is it okay to print an ebook downloaded online? [closed]

Good day everyone. Today's era allows us to download an ebook of some books easily using a search engine such as google. I just need your help about the question: Is it okay to print an ebook ...
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How do you read, learn from, and assess a textbook?

This seems like a vague question, but please bear with me before voting to close it: Often times, when searching for a good textbook on a particular subject (mostly mathematics or physics), I see ...
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How do you verify facts claimed by a deceased author?

The question is not a arising in my capacity as an academic. I was recently reading a book, and I came across a claim that seemed dubious; so I wanted to find out whether it was accurate. I thought ...
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How are textbooks meant to be referenced?

I'm studying maths, and I've found it beneficial to write my notes as if I were writing a textbook for someone else's self study - forces me to understand the material to some extent. It's of course ...
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Can books be included in literature reviews?

I am still not sure what should be considered as "literature" for inclusion in a literature review and what are not when writing a research proposal. For instance: A research proposal: 500-1000 ...
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As a PhD student, how do I benefit from reviewing a book my adviser is writing?

My adviser is writing a book for a course in computer science he will be teaching next fall and I will be the teaching assistant for that course. He wants me to review the book and go through the ...
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Are authors identified by the chapters they contributed to in multi-authors books

I wrote 4 chapters of a book, and three more authors wrote other chapters. I was expecting that each chapter would reference the author who wrote it, but the editor says it is customary not to do this,...
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How to cite marginalia in a second-hand book?

So this is an interesting thing I've come across. I recently purchased a modern book for my research and whoever had the book before me had some pretty great things written in the margins. As a ...
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What is an effective note taking procedure? [closed]

I've recently started to use the onenote software to keep track of valuable concepts in different fields of interest. I have constantly found myself dubious during the note taking process. I never ...
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How do you (digitally) catalog the books you've read over the years?

I wonder how you keep tracks of what you've been reading over the years. I'm not talking about things that are 'relevant' and 'precious' to your academic work (to that end, all hail to EndNote or ...
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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 subject,...
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Posting solutions to textbook problems online [duplicate]

I'm interested in knowing whether there are any legal issues (e.g., copyright infringement) in posting solutions to problems of a (paid) textbook. I have mentioned these problems in class and did not ...
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Publishing a book based on long journal article

Recently my article has been accepted for future issue in a prestigious journal published by Jhon Wiley and sons. After accceptance of article I received an email from an other publisher based in ...
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Is it advisable to use non-scientific method to teach science courses? [closed]

This question is motivated after reading a pop-science book from a famous researcher about physics and some implications. I find the content very amusing but I was utterly frustrated at the lack of ...
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Random access textbooks [closed]

I'm writing a series of study guides for a programming class I'm supporting. The study guides are broken into three main sections: concepts (syntax, mainly, as well as common things to do), skills (...
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How to ensure proper peer-review for a self-published book?

In this day and age, with more and more people going the self-publishing route, I'd be interested in experiences from/opinions about how to go about having your self-published book properly peer-...
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Is it common for a publisher to offer monetary compensation for a book proposal review?

I received a book proposal review request from Elsevier. Despite some reasons to believe that it is credible, there are a few things that look suspicious to me: A monetary compensation is offered. Is ...
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Seeking publishing advice for an academic textbook

I have written a new academic mathematics textbook that I think can become popular, perhaps even very popular, as far as math books are concerned (which I recognize in the broader scheme, alas, is ...