[Humanist] 26.472 reviewing e-books

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Nov 10 09:54:42 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 472.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:07:03 -0500 (EST)
        From: lachance at chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: Electronic Books and Reviewing


Torill Mortenson recently raised an interesting point in reference to what
I refer to as the "gift" economy of reviewing. She is make the point that
digital rights might restrict the uptake on reviewing. Her point:

This means that an editor can'’t receive a book, look it over, decide on a
reviewer and pass it on. The different systems of electronic book loans
are not a good option, as one of the attractions of reviewing books is to
be able to keep the book afterwards. A limited-time loan of an electronic
book does not cover that reward. On the other hand, if the publishers
allowed editors the right to pick and donate electronic books permanently
to reviewers, the distribution of the book would be much quicker and more


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