Archive for Books

The University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Collection

For those interested in Latin American studies, this publisher has made numerous monographs freely available at its site. In addition, titles in Russian and East European Studies, as well as in Composition, Literacy and Culture are also available. A worthwhile repository of valuable out-of-print tomes.

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National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering – all are among the most prestigious STEM organizations in the world and as such produces highly regarded monographs, reports, briefings, and consensus documents on a whole host of topics from agriculture to national security. Well over 9,000 volumes are freely available online, sorted into specific topic areas. If one listens to the news, one will inevitably hear about a report issued by the NAP; the latest one to inform the general public dealt with The Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. One can always look at the latest releases section to see what new reports have been generated; more than 200 are published every year. And you can stay in touch with the NAP via various media platforms as well

 

 

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New Security Reports From the National Academies Press

Among the many diverse subjects the NAP publishes on, one deals with Conflict and Security Issues; currently over 550 volumes are available for free downloading/perusal. The latest volumes reflect the ongoing commitment of the NAP to issue pertinent reports; these reports have been produced within the past month alone: Changing Sociocultural Dynamics and Implications for National Security: Proceedings of a WorkshopEmerging Trends and Methods in International Security: Proceedings of a Workshop; and Leveraging Advances in Social Network Thinking for National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop. To keep yourself current on what the NAP disseminates, you can subscribe to the Conflict and Security Issues RSS feed.

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Galaxy Novels

For the space of a decade or so, Galaxy Science Fiction issued abridged reprinted novels as part of its line; they were available as standalone publications in the same format as the magazine itself. Many of these novels are/were considered classics at the time. So peruse the shortened versions of works by Jack, Williamson, C.L. Moore, James Blish, and L. Ron Hubbard (yes, that L. Ron Hubbard – some of his science fiction is darn good), among others.

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Bookmarks/Bookmarkers

However you phrase it, I find these to be a necessity. I cringe when people fold down the page where they have left off reading; that is just pure evil. I have a modest collection of these, ranging from a tattered Strand book store paper marker to one crafted out of metal. Here is a lovely collection of said items; they are even housed in museums such as the Smithsonian. And please don’t ignore the featured selection at the International Friends of Bookmarks. This short piece from 1907 – The History and Development of the Bookmarker – is quite informative.

 

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Who Hasn’t Read a Book in the Past Year?

Some interesting demographic data on the 24% of American adults who haven’t opened a book (print or electronic) in the last twelve moths can be accessed here.

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Norman Mailer’s Relationship With Books

I would have to say it was quite stormy, and possibly not quite what you would think of such an important author.

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