October 20, 2015
October 13, 2015
What about academics writing for a general readership?Continue reading "Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (3)"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:57 AM
October 8, 2015
In my last post I offered a few questions academic authors should be asking before they start thinking about a manuscript. Here are some more.
Aren't simultaneous submissions taboo?Continue reading "Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (2)"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:53 AM
October 6, 2015
Sometimes academic authors come to me as an editor with questions about book publishing. Too often they do not. They simply have their proposed manuscript to present. As a result, they sometimes make missteps on the road to publication. As we approach the season of academic conferences where I will be meeting dozens of prospective authors, here are some questions they should be asking.Continue reading "Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (1)"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:59 AM
May 30, 2013
Helen Sword rips the veil off one of the worst kept secrets in all of academia: Most academic writing is just plain awful. Jargon-filled, abstract, impersonal, sleep-inducing.Continue reading "Stylish Academic Writing 1: Good News, Bad News"
November 28, 2012
Say you're at lunch and someone starts chatting casually about the aseity of the Son. Well, you don't want to be caught short. No, you want to be part of the conversation. You want to act like you know what's going on by doing more than making knowing grunts of approval. But you really haven't a clue what aseity (uh-SEE-i-tee) is. What do you do?Continue reading "A Theological App for That"
April 12, 2011
The online subscription model has worked wonderfully for academic journals, as John Thomson summarizes in Merchants of Culture, becauseContinue reading "Merchants of Culture 5: Not All Digital Is Created Equal"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:48 AM
February 1, 2011
Everyone thinks they know where digital publishing is going. Everyone, that is, except for all of us. Take Exhibit A and Exhibit B, brought to my attention by fellow blogger Dan Reid.Continue reading "Students Hate/Love Print"
November 17, 2010
Sometimes what a publisher doesn’t publish is just as important as what it does publish.Continue reading "The Importance of What You Don't Publish"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:32 AM
January 11, 2010
Fifty years ago today, Time magazine published an article on Francis Schaeffer, who with his wife founded "one of the most unusual missions in the Western world." What made their ministry, nestled in the Swiss Alps, so different? They focused on intellectuals--artists, musicians, students, atheists, Jews, Catholics and Protestants--an eclectic mix of people that in 1960 the church tended to neglect.Continue reading "Francis Schaeffer: Fifty Years after Time"
November 5, 2009
Creativity usually isn't concocting something totally new. Mostly it is combining two or more pre-existing things never joined before--or never in quiet this way. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is an example to chew on. Or consider the printing press--five hundred years ago it was a delightful combination of books and a wine press. And that's still a good combo.* Today, we have a name for such inventions--mashups.Continue reading "Mashup Mishap?"
Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:30 AM
June 1, 2009
What do students look for in used textbooks? Well, it's often more than just paying less money--as important as that is.
Further to my blog about Kindle DX and textbooks, Clive Thompson notes the work of Microsoft researcher Cathy Marshall on this topic. She "found that university students carefully study used textbooks before buying them." Are they hoping to learn about biology while drinking their triple-shot latte without having to pay for the book? No.Continue reading "What Students Want in Used Texts"
May 27, 2009
We know the problems with textbooks: stratospheric retail prices that have put the used book market into hyperdrive that has forced publishers to put out new editions more frequently that has pushed retail prices even higher. Who will save us from this cycle of futility?Continue reading "Saving the Textbook--or Not"