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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.

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


  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.


    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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