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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Purchasing books that are out-of-print

I've just returned Principles of Modern Thermodynamics to the library. However, it is a terrific book that allowed me to understand thermodynamics that I have never would had I not run across this ...
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Are publishers making less money on textbooks now?

A colleague of mine, who teaches chemistry, claims that these days, sales of copies of college textbooks are no longer profitable for publishers. He says that their revenue is now from services, such ...
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Does a chapter published in a book fit as part of a paper-based dissertation?

I've just received an offer to write a chapter for a book that will be published with an important publisher. I was about to say yes, because the topic fits with my dissertation topic and I thought I ...
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How can I compile a study material of a course in this case?

Last year I was appointed to lecture a Data Structures course in a university in my hometown. The material for making my notes were based on several books, articles and also some material from ...
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Any book or tutorial about good practices or typical mistakes when conducting scientific research?

Some days ago I read this question: Feynman describing a scientific error and I found it quite interesting. Although it seems naïve it could be a typical mistake made by a beginner researcher as me. ...
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Book series in bibliography?

At one time I tried to be able to remember obscure journal abbreviations and the like, but recently I started favouring more bulky bibliography entries. So I started wondering if it might be useful ...
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How to read a textbook for distance learning coursework - do I need to work on fact recall, or is understanding enough?

There's perhaps a better title for this question, but I can't immediate think of one - suggestions for amendment welcome. I'd like to clarify the purpose of reading textbooks. It sounds obvious at ...
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What are the benefits of taking textbook notes?

Taking notes based on the textbook obviously helps to organize and summarize info in the textbook. But if I highlighted the most important areas of the textbook, and while revising I only look at ...
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Referring to individual chapters in a review of an edited volume

I have to write a review of an edited volume and wonder what the best approach would be to cite individual papers, to which I refer. The review is for a bulletin rather than a journal and the format ...
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On citing books as references in papers

I am an undergraduate student with no experience and no guidance from any teacher whatsoever. I have done research on Recreational Mathematics (Maths tricks). I have a lot of new tricks to introduce, ...
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Any way to know what version of a book I'm buying? [closed]

I recently purchased this book from a vendor that is not Amazon, but who listed the same image: ...but this was not quite the same as the book I received, which had a different cover and omitted the "...
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Does publishing a book while employed by an academic institution grant them legal claim on the royalties?

If I publish a book on my research topics while employed for an academic institution, can they claim part of the revenues I get from royalties ? My question is relative to Europe, but if someone knows ...
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Are there any Books/Guides to developing researching skills for academia

I will be doing an Honours in Commerce next year at a GO8 university. This is essentially a stepping stone into a pathway to academia (or sometimes a resume booster for getting into industry). It ...
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Textbook that is a combination of other textbooks? [closed]

A, B, C are three good textbooks from the market. An author/professor translates them, taking chapter 1 from A, 2 from B, 3 from C and combining them into another textbook. The content of the new ...
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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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Should a full manuscript be available for a book proposal?

I've been given some conflicting advice about preparing book proposals and manuscripts for academic presses. I'm aware that writing books is a lengthy process etc; however, I've also been told by a ...
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Why does a (highly competitive) mathematics department recommend / require lower-level textbooks to work from, [closed]

but the exam questions -- and often, homework problems -- come from the classics, e.g., Baby Rudin, Ahlfor's Complex Analysis, Lax's Linear Algebra. This creates a huge discrepancy in one's level of ...
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Are academic book buyers legitimate?

I have recently been receiving number of visits from "academic book buyers" that are looking to buy books that I no longer want. It is never stated outright but they seem to be looking mainly for ...
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Publishing thesis as a book

One of the answers here says that some researchers in humanities publish their thesis as a book. Could the same be done for example in physics, chemistry or math degree? By book I mean the whole ...
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A conjecture proved in drafts [closed]

I am preparing my math research monograph for publication. In the current draft there is certain conjecture. This conjecture was proved in my drafts (available on the Web) of the second volume for ...
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How does one keep informed in a field that relies heavily on scholarly books?

Given that the cycle for writing scholarly books is usually much longer than journal articles, how do professors and students stay informed about their peers' current research? Are there any pathways ...
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How does one determine priority, prominence, and impact with regard to books, rather than articles?

My background is in physics where almost 100% of the scholarly work is reported in peer-reviewed publications. Within that framework, I understand how to determine who has priority regarding ideas, ...
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When to publish a journal article versus a scholarly book?

In some fields, original research is reported almost exclusively in journal articles, but in others scholarly books are more common. In the latter fields, how does one decide whether to publish a ...
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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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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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How can I tell if an unsolicited offer to publish a book with Springer is legit?

Our team had a paper recently published in Energy and Buildings, and one of us (not the main author) received last week an email from someone claiming to be an editor with Springer. According to this ...
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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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Is it legal in the US for a student to download a copy of a textbook, to study?

(this is coming out of a comment thread regarding this question.) The USA has a Fair Use legal provision restricting its copyright law: 17 U.S.C. § 107 Notwithstanding the provisions of ...
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Listing books read on a CV for undergraduate research in mathematics

I am currently making my CV for undergraduate research internships in Pure Mathematics. I have read many graduate level books on the field out of my own interest. Whenever I was stuck on a difficult ...
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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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Is it bad practice to use examples from textbooks in your in-class teaching?

When preparing lectures on problem solving related topics for undergraduate, I sometimes wonder if it is a bad practice to use examples from the textbooks. Will students think the instructor is lazy ...
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Do citations of an edited volume of which I wrote one chapter count towards my own bibliometric indicators?

I recently noticed that an edited volume of which I wrote one of the chapters is picking up quite some citations. Since the citations are of the entire edited volume, naming only the editors of the ...
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Is it worth to split my book into articles and publish them individually?

In continuation of this question: I have written a book with a new mathematical theory. I am an amateur mathematician. I want to publish my book as LaTeX source under a copyleft license. Does it ...
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A professor has offered to send me a hard copy of his new book. Would it be rude to ask for a PDF file instead?

While working my way through one textbook, I spotted several errors, TeXed them up and emailed to the author of the textbook. He thanked me and asked for my physical address so he could send me a copy ...
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How should I react to emails from unknown (to me) book publishers?

Since my Ph.D., I have occasionally received emails from publishers (that I've never heard of before) about writing a book. They all seem like mass emails that have my name and some title of a paper I ...
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Textbook copies for Outreach Programs

I am a PhD Student doing outreach with High school Juniors and Seniors in STEM. There is a book on mathematical proofs, "How To Prove It" by Daniel Velleman, that I think most of the mathematically ...
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Buying books that are out of print [duplicate]

I've just returned the book Principles of Modern Thermodynamics, by Bimalendu Narayan Roy* to the library. It is a terrific book which gave me a much greater understanding of thermodynamics than I ...
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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 it is often the case in the humanities, that PhD thesis are viewed as a first draft of a book and are often published. There are probably a ...
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Received a book review request, how to know if publisher is credible?

I received a book review request from a publishing company called PACKT. How do I know if the company and book is credible and if the effort would be worthy?
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How to cite a book that has appeared in multiple versions/editions over the years?

I would like to cite a book that has first appeared in 1976 and has since seen three editions. Book on Google Scholar I need to cite the book in a paper I am writing that will (hopefully) be ...
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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, rebinding,...
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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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Is there anywhere I can find reliable reviews of popular textbooks?

My mathematics department is adopting a new calculus textbook. The publisher has refused to continue printing the same edition that we have been using, and their new edition is one of several options ...
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Difference between publishing textbooks and publishing research for acquiring tenure

I've noticed that a few of my professors have written their own textbooks, but they only did so after they had already published many research articles and presumably become tenured at my university. ...
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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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Good book on English for academic writing and speaking for non-native speakers

I'm not native speaker so I always have some problems with academic writing and speaking. Any good book for English in the academic context generally or for Computer Science in particular (writing or ...
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Is it fair to blame authors for exorbitant book costs? [closed]

Summary (TL;DR): The following's biased; so are there any counterarguments? Please beware that this question concerns only authors who are professors and who also write textbooks. Are authors truly ...
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How to approach a Book Review Editor

I would like to build up my publication profile, including the writing of book reviews. I am not well-known by any means having just completed my PhD, though I am now working full time (contract) as a ...
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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 ...