Cites & Insights 7:4 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large volume 7, issue 4 (April 2007) is now available for downloading.

This 24-page issue (PDF as usual, but the essays are available as HTML separates) features the first Cites & Insights book: Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change.

Essays include:

  • Announcing Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change – description, price, availability, and the first paragraph of each chapter.
  • Library Access to Scholarship – A thematic essay on Open Access and rhetorical excess.
  • Finding a Balance: Improving and Extending Service – The third and last book excerpt, Chapter 9 of Balanced Libraries
  • Perspective: Informal Notes on the Lulu Experience – Comments so far on PoD self-publishing.
  • 2 Responses to “Cites & Insights 7:4 available”

    1. steven bell says:

      Congratulations on the publication of your book. I plan to get a copy and look forward to reading it.

      You’ve been talking about doing this for a while – and now you did it. I think it provides a good model for others who may want to self-publish their writings.


    2. walt says:

      We’ll see. The problem with self-publishing, particularly if you go naked (without ISBN/Ingram distribution), is that you’re dependent on your own promotion and name for all sales. While I don’t plan to reveal actual sales, I do plan to offer general comments on how it is or isn’t going. But my case may not be generally applicable: For better or worse, I have a fairly well-established name and reasonably broad publicity mechanisms. (So do you, but that’s not always the case.)

      I would never go the Lulu route for a first or second or third book in the library field if a traditional publisher was available, unless timing or other circumstances made it an obvious winner.

      On the other hand, the Lulu approach is a whole lot better than using a vanity press if what you plan is just a few copies of your work for a small audience–per-book costs may be higher but the overall outlay is likely to be lower.

      Anyway, we shall see. It’s hard to type with crossed fingers, but…