Going Out of Print in a Digital World

What does it mean to go out of print in a digital world? This is question I had not thought about until I joined Authors Alliance today. I learned about this group through my colleague, Dr Orla Murphy. Authors Alliance is a group based on the promotion of “authorship for the public good by supporting authors […]

Every Academic Book Should Have an Index!

Is there anything more annoying that getting that book that will almost certainly be an essential part of your Works Cited/Bibliography only to discover that there is no index!? We all know that we can not read every single book we cite from cover to cover. We don’t have the time, and quite frankly, we […]

Am I Making You Sick? Why I Love Academic Blogging

I recently read an article by Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer) called “‘You make me want to throw up’: why do some academics hate blogging?” As I read down through Mewburn’s experiences of resistance to blogging among academics I felt incredibly familiar with most of them: the accusation that blogging is not scholarly, the comments […]

WARNING: Publishing Scam Targeting Academics

I received an email from a colleague containing a warning about publishing scams doing the rounds in academe. The scammers email individuals with details of a publication opportunity in their field. They are suspected of getting information by going through online conference announcements and getting names of speakers and their papers. This LINK gives more […]

“Thank You For the Light”: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Unpublished Work, Popularity and Scholarship

The New Yorker recently featured a previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called “Thank You For the Light.” The piece is short (c.1000 words) and closely resembles flash fiction. In style, it is simple, unadorned and witty. Mrs. Hanson, the protagonist, is a travelling saleswoman who spends her day desperately trying to find a place […]