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Review desk

This is The Signpost review desk. Its purpose is to coordinate reviews of new books that explore topics of relevance to the Wikipedia community.

The Signpost's managing editor will solicit review copies of appropriate books for prospective reviewers. Publishers are often willing to provide us with one or more review copies, although there is no guarantee they will do so. If you are interested in reviewing a book, please briefly explain on the talk page your relevant experience (on- and/or off-wiki) pertaining broadly to the topic of the book you want to review. Reviewers need to email their mailing address to Ragesoss. Please sign up only if you are willing to commit to writing a review. Publishers often ask reviewers to email them a link to the review when it appears.

If you know of an upcoming book that Wikipedians would be interested to read about, please list it. Books already published are also an option, but generally publishers send review copies only for new books.

Guidelines for Signpost reviews[edit]

  • Readership. Reviews should be written with The Signpost audience in mind—Wikipedians and others with an active interest in Wikipedia and similar projects—but should be accessible to general readers as well. For books not directly related to Wikipedia, show how the subject is relevant to Signpost readers by drawing connections between the topic and the perspectives of its author, on the one hand, and the concerns of Wikipedians, on the other.
  • Writing style. This is a matter for individual writers. Naturally, our readers enjoy a crisp, direct, engaging style. A good review typically presents both commentary and a summary of the book's content, and does not necessarily give equal attention to all parts of the book. Most reviews clarify the reviewer's attitude to the book at or soon after the start. Readers like either tension or enthusiasm, as long as there is enough formality in the review to build its authority.
  • Genre. A book review is a different genre from a Wikipedia article, and indeed from the rest of The Signpost. There is less emphasis on citations (usually there are no page references), and as an opinion piece it is less bound to the project's policies on neutrality, verification and original research. Nevertheless, please remember that the review will be very public, and should be in good faith even when manifestly critical of the subject.
  • Word length. Reviewers should use their writer's judgment. While there is no set length, between 600 and 1200 words is a rule of thumb. A review much shorter than 600 words risks not seriously engaging with the book beyond a mere summary; a text much longer than 1200 words may not hold readers' attention to the end.
  • Opening format. "Book review" is already included in the template, so it is best to avoid the words "Book review" or "Review of" in your own title. Beneath this, please include the publisher's name (short or long version), the number of pages, the ISBN number, and the month of publication (e.g., "Chicago University Press, 203 pp., ISBN 944-0-7558-9809-7, May 2010").
  • Images. Book-cover images are almost always copyrighted, and because The Signpost is in WP space, fair use media are not permitted. The judicious use of free media is encouraged.

Contents

Suggestions (upcoming and very recent)[edit]

Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property, by Jason Mazzone[edit]

upcoming (2010), Stanford University Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Digital Media Ethics, by Charles Ess[edit]

March 2009, Polity

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Everyone Knows Everything: Wikipedia and the Globalization of Knowledge, by Marshall T. Poe[edit]

forthcoming, Random House

Note: the title and publication date for this are still up in the air, although Marshall Poe tells me the book itself is finished.--ragesoss (talk) 20:07, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

The Theory and Practice of Online Learning (second edition), edited by Terry Anderson[edit]

2009, Athabasca University Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference (tenth edition), by Richard Stim[edit]

2009, Nolo

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Reference in a Digital World, by R. David Lankes[edit]

2009, Morgan & Claypool Publishers

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

eCulture: Cultural Content in the Digital Age, by Alfredo M. Ronchi[edit]

2009, Springer

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

From Papyrus to Hypertext: Toward the Universal Digital Library, by Christian Vandendorpe, Phyllis Aronoff, and Howard Scott[edit]

2009, University of Illinois Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, by David Bollier[edit]

2009, The New Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Stupedia: The Most Useless Facts on Wikipedia[edit]

March 2009, Nicotext AB

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort Through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies, by Sherry Seethaler[edit]

2009, FT Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, by Don Tapscott[edit]

October 2008, McGraw-Hill

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

The Years of Talking Dangerously, by Geoff Nunberg[edit]

2009, Basic Civitas Books

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Sams Teach Yourself Wikipedia in 10 Minutes, by Michael Miller[edit]

2009, Pearson Education, Limited

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Mining Wikipedia for geospatial entities and relationships, by Jeremy T. Witmer[edit]

2009, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful, by Beth Simone Noveck[edit]

2009, Brookings Institution Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, by William Patry[edit]

September 2009, Oxford University Press

  • Prospective reviewers:
    • your name here

The Myth of Digital Democracy, by Matthew Hindman[edit]

2008, Princeton University Press

  • Prospective reviews:
    • your name here

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, by Jaron Lanier[edit]

January 2010, Knopf

  • Prospective reviews:
    • your name here

Suggestions (already published)[edit]

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, by Clay Shirky[edit]

February 2008, Penguin Group

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, by James Boyle[edit]

December 2008, Yale University Press. Available as a free download under CC-by-nc-sa

Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research, Applications, by Azy Barak[edit]

2008, Cambridge University Press

  • Prospective reviews:
  • Notes:
    • Mentions Wikipedia multiple times. Has a chapter (Chapter 11, p.243-268) dedicated to Wikipedia: Sheizaf Rafaeli and Yaron Ariel, Online Motivational Factors: Incentives for Participation and Contribution to Wikipedia

The Future of Reputation: gossip, rumour and privacy on the internet, by Daniel J. Solove[edit]

2007, Yale University Press Free PDFs of each chapter, and the text is CC-by-nc-nd.

  • Prospective reviews:
    • your name here

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, by James Gleick[edit]

2011, Pantheon Books, ISBN 9780375423727

Reviews in the works[edit]

PSI Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet, by Craig Weiler[edit]

self-published ASIN B00H35ONA8

Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader[edit]

Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2011, ISBN 978-90-78146-13-1, PDF download

See announcement on the Suggestions page. When signing up, please indicate until when you intend to submit the review of your chapter:

  1. Encyclopedic Knowledge p.14-77 Llywrch. Aiming for 25 June.
  2. Computational Cultures p.78-164 HaeB (alternatively chapter 1) until June 27
  3. Interventions p.165-235
  4. Politics of Exclusion p.236-295 Ragesoss until July 15
  5. Governance and Authority p.296-371 Jan eissfeldt until july 17

Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems, by Brian Whitworth, Aldo de Moor[edit]

2009, Idea Group Inc (IGI)

Wikiworld, by Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén[edit]

January 2010, Pluto Press

The Art of Community, by Jono Bacon[edit]

Summer 2009, O'Reilly

Published reviews and author interviews[edit]

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