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 . . . . ?”
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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.
[larger image, by Lloyd Overcash]
i fall for
the hidden ball trick
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.
tawny, she corrects
…………………. by dagosan