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Reading Diary: Open Access by Peter Suber

Scholars who grew up with the internet are steadily replacing those that grew up without it. Scholars who expect to put everything they write online, who expect to find everything they need online, and who expect unlocked content that they may read, search, link, copy, cut/paste, crawl, print, and redistribute, are replacing those who never…

You know the old saying about the weather — everybody complains but nobody does anything about it! Well, the same can be said about climate change — everybody complains but nobody does anything about it. And that’s partly because of political gridlock, denial and inaction at the highest levels across numerous jurisdictions around the world.…

I feel a little weird reviewing this book. It’s a TED book, you see. What’s a TED book, you ask. I’ll let TED tell you: Shorter than a novel, but longer than an magazine article — a TED Book is a great way to feed your craving for ideas anytime. TED Books are short original…

John MacCormick’s new book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers, is very good. You should buy it and read it. Among all the debates about whether or not absolutely everybody must without question learn to program (pro, con), it’s perhaps a good idea to pause and take a…

It’s probably best to start with what Marc J. Kuchner’s new book — Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times — isn’t. It isn’t a social media jackass recipe book for “Success through Twitter.” It isn’t a detailed treatise on marketing theory. It doesn’t come with a guarantee of grants, publications and prizes…

Walter Isaacson’s book on Apple founder & CEO Steve Jobs is a fairly long book. It’s not exactly a thriller either, especially since I know how it ends. As a result it took me a while to plow through it. I tended to read it in bursts of 40 or 50 pages over a few…

A year of books: 2011

I’m including here a list of all the books I’ve read in 2011, as well as some commentary on my particular year in reading. I always enjoy when people post these sorts of lists online and actually rather enjoy doing so myself. I’ve been doing this for a few years now: 2010, 2009, 2008 and…

I like to think I’m developing a little niche here on Confessions of a Science Librarian, at least as far as some of my book reviews. And I like to think that niche is reviewing science-oriented graphic novels. And I’ve reviewed a few over the past couple of years. Logicomix (review), Evolution: The Story of…

My 2011 summer reading was pretty meagre this year. For various reasons too boring to go into here, there wasn’t much actually much vacation for me this summer. I think I’ll probably have a better December/Christmas reading list than summer. Such is life. Anyways, what I did read was pretty good, so let’s get to…

As anyone who’s a regular reader of my Friday Fun series will know, I’m a huge fan of The Cronk, that paragon of higher ed satire. In fact, you could call me the grand high poobah of Cronk fandom with the Cronk as the Sultan of Satire! You can see some of my posts here,…

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