- Paper books vs. e-books: I still can't decide
- Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The Verdict
- Open Access To Scientific information: Policy Guidelines Released by UNESCO
- Receptivity to Library Involvement in Scientific Data Curation: A Case Study at the University of Colorado Boulder
- How Librarians Can Successfully Navigate the 7 Cs of Social Media
- Why Gamification Can't Be Stopped
- How Teamwork Can Damage Productivity
- Weighing the costs of conferencing
- Ebooks 101: DRM (Digital Rights Management)
- 'A Model Discipline' (poly sci & "physics envy")
- The Conundrum of Sharing Research Data
- Extracting, Transforming and Archiving Scientific Data
- Exactly How I Wrote an Ebook That Made $10K in 1 Week
- In Defense of Frivolous Questions
- Recommending 'Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think'
- Cheapskates love libraries (it's mutual)
- Scholarly Groups' Choices Yield Diverging Fortunes
- Publishers, Hyperbole, and the "Don't subscribe" pricing model
Archive for: April, 2012
Around the Web: Undecided on paper books vs. e-books, Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? and more
- The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire
- Do Librarians Work Hard Enough?
- Academia, Libraries, Work, and the Public Good
- Library-only 2.0 is dead. Long live Library 2.0!
- What Will Library/Information/Knowledge Graduates Be Doing 25 Years Hence?
- The Last Enclosures (Washington Post article response)
- Answering questions about library impact on student learning
- Libraries as software - dematerialising, platforms and returning to first principles
- An Elite University ... From Scratch?
- A New "Elite University" Gets $25 Million in Seed Funding
- Dear CEOs and senior managers, it's no longer ok not to know how Social Media works (directed at library managers)
- Books Are The New Apps
- Has Harry Potter just slain eBook DRM?
- The Biggest 'Pirates' And 'Freeloaders' Of Them All? College Professors And Librarians
- How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
- Decoupling the scholarly journal
- Going Digital â Lower Textbook Prices
- Giving Women the Access Code (getting more women to major in CS)
- Is Science Really Moving Faster Than Ever?
I love me some private eye novels, that's for sure. I also love me some lists of books.
So combining them is pure heaven!
Anyways, an old friend of mine, Kevin Burton Smith, the proprietor of The Thrilling Detective web site and zine decided to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the site by running a poll to find out his reader's 14 all time favourite private eye novels.
On April 1st he published the results. And here they are:
(Links on the private eye's name lead to the profile on Kevin's site. Check it out!)
- The Taste of Ashes by Howard Browne (Paul Pine)
- Promised Land by Robert B. Parker (Spenser)
- Solomon's Vineyard by Jonathan Latimer (Karl Craven)
- The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe)
- Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane (Patrick Kenzie & Angela Gennaro)
- I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
- The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley (C.W. Sughrue)
- When the Sacred Ginmill Closes by Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder)
- L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais (Elvis Cole)
- Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (Easy Rawlins)
- Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe)
- The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe)
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade)
I've read about half of the books on the list -- so I have some very fine reading ahead of me I'm sure.
And one final note: the poll results page also has quite a nice listing of the runners up and the best of the rest. Lots more great reading to be sure.
(And yes, it would have been nice to see some more women writers and PIs on the various lists.)
- My Paleo Media Diet: Turning off, opting out, and disconnecting to save my brain for the things I really want to use it for.
- What she Really said: Fighting Sexist Jokes the Geeky Way
- Mobile and the news media's imploding business model
- Bigger Than Agency, Bigger Than E-Books: The Case Against Apple and Publishers
- Martin Sorrell: Internet Has Created More Value Than It Has Destroyed
- A Slow-Books Manifesto
- Are College Professors and Librarians Digital Pirates?
- Authentic Librarianship and the Question of Service
- Taking the Long View with First Year Writers
- A Whip to Beat Us With (Amazon, Apple, ebook pricing)
- Piracy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and 'ethical reading'
- How Librarians Can Successfully Navigate the 7 Cs of Social Media
- Bring Editing Back (Please?)
- PLoS ONE: from the Public Library of Sloppiness?
- The impact of funding agency open access policies (March 31, 2012 Dramatic Growth of Open Access)
- The library as open access publisher: Meet Igitur publishing
- Let Us Inquire Together (IL)
- Failure to Change
- Data Management Deficit
- The Student Research Pad
- Are Privatized Public Libraries So Bad?
- The Missing 20th Century: How Copyright Protection Makes Books Vanish
- It is what you do, not what you own
- #BoraZUofA Linkfest: A collection of the sites and posts referenced in Bora's talks
- Amazon.com trying to wring deep discounts from publishers
- Researchers develop Bookworm-Arxiv searchable scientific journal database
My exciting new job at Elsevier: Inaugural editor-in-chief of The Journal of Applied Publishing Experiments
It is with great pride and excitement that I'm finally able to announce something that's been in the works for a few months now. I will be accepting the role of inaugural editor-in-chief of an exciting new journal to be published by Elsevier: The Journal of Applied Publishing Experiments.
This amazing opportunity arose a few months ago, initiated by a blog post of mine that congratulated Elsevier on their wise marketing and publishing moves and this one a bit later, where I declare my undying loyalty to the Elsevier brand. The publisher of Elsevier immediately contacted me after that post to see if there was a way we could work together to advance the cause of scholarly publishing.
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.
And thus began the discussions around the best way to do that. And before too long, this amazing JAPE was conceived.
The scope of the new journal is going to be very broad. It will be about the intersection between publishing, authoring and business models. And while the focus will be on practical solutions to difficult theoretical and economic problems, we will get into some high-falutin' theorising too.
Some sample articles we have already solicited from some of the most important members of the online scholarly communications community:
- Alt-Metrics, Schmalt-Metrics
- Open Access for Fun and Profit
- How Institutional Open Access Declarations Are the Tools of the Devil
- Open Notebook Science: Just Say No!
- Data Wants to Be Free -- Not!
- Why Depositing Articles in Your Institutional Repository Is a Bad Idea
- Librarians Are Not Your Friends
- Citizen Science: Would You Let Your Kids Operate the Large Hadron Collider?
- Journals Articles as Data Worth Mining: Fuhgeddaboudit!
- $60 an Article? Cheap at any Price
- Elsevier Are the Pink Fluffy Bunnies of Publishing
- The Best Libraries of Science Shouldn't Belong to the Public
I can't tell you who the superstars are who have written these articles are yet, but see if you can guess! And please feel free to pitch articles in the comments!
The first quarterly issue is scheduled for April 1, 2013. Of course the journal will be included in all major Elsevier journal bundles. The annual subscription rate will be US$100 for individuals and $US10,000 for libraries.
I'm incredibly proud to announce the first set of appointments to the editorial board. There are a stellar bunch to say the least! I am actively recruiting further members for the board amongst the librarian, scientific and publishing communities. Please feel free to apply in the comments.
- Peter Brantley, Internet Archive
- Amy Buckland, McGill University
- David Dobbs, Wired.com Blogger
- Jonathan Eisen, University of California, Davis
- Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College
- Joseph Kraus, University of Denver
- Michael Nielsen, Author of Reinventing Discovery
- Heather Piwowar, Dryad
- Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin -- Madison
- Carl Zimmer, DiscoverMagazine.com Blogger
Our initial meeting is on the tropical island of Belize this coming June.
I know this might come as a surprise to many who have perhaps known me as an open access supporter but really, perhaps it's time for all of us to grow up, put away our childish things and embrace reality. Show me the money, and all that.