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February 20, 2008

two wonderous freebies

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 6:55 pm

free, rare & pretty darn cool! 

It’s not just another internet rumor. At the popular Concurring Opinions weblog, Prof. Daniel J. Solove just proclaimed a phenomenon as rare and as welcome as a total lunar eclipse: His recently-published, timely and critically-acclaimed book The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (2007) is now available for free download. (see our review from Nov. 8, 2007) They’ve even provided Questions for Discussion for academic classes or book-reading groups.

As Daniel explains:

Of course, I’d love it if you bought a copy, but if I can’t convince you to buy it, then I hope you’ll at least read it for free online.

I think that it is great that Yale University Press is allowing me to do this. I hope more publishers decide to let their authors do this in the future — especially academic presses, whose mission is not just to make a profit but to help spread ideas.

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons license — it can be used for non-commercial uses.

first glass of wine
Google keeps asking
“Did you mean . . . . ?”

…………………………………. by dagosan

We may have no control over celestial events, but the free-viewing of important academic books is within the control of publishers and authors, and I hope Solove’s example is widely-followed. Thanks to Dan Solove for choosing access over potential profits.

audaciously
he critiques
the eclipse

……………… by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

[larger image, by Lloyd Overcash] Hunter's Moon sm:

Meanwhile, also at Concurring Opinions, Prof. Devan Desai reminds us today that there will be a total eclipse of the moon this evening — between 10 and 11 PM, EST.

See: NASA Eclipse Home Page for details about tonight and lunar eclipses in general. And check out Mr. Eclipse.com, for a guide to photographing eclipses by Fred Espenak.

lunar eclipse umpireS
i fall for
the hidden ball trick

…………………. by ed markowskitinywords (Aug. 29, 2007)

You may recall that the f/k/a Gang was inspired by the last full lunar eclipse, in October 2004, which coincided with the then-rare World Series appearance of the Boston Red Sox. We hope to practice taking some digital photos tonight — if the clouds and wind-chill cooperate. And might produce a new one-breath poem or two, under the influence of a breath-taking lunar event. Let us know your eclipse experiences tonight.

Blood Moon
so orange!
tawny, she corrects

…………………. by dagosan

3 Comments

  1. Good move from this Professor Solove… Hope that many will follow, I use Google Books a lot and even this is (partly) very helpfull during my thesis completion.

    Comment by geld lenen — February 21, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Hi David,

    After reading your “first glass of wine,”
    I am in a good mood to give
    my morning lecture.

    Thanks.

    Comment by Yu Chang — February 22, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  3. “The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (2007) is now available for free download. (see our review from Nov. 8, 2007) ”

    I’ve read that book a few times. It’s a great source and a great book!

    Comment by Michael The Free For Me Guy! — April 1, 2008 @ 11:10 am

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