I’ve often written about how much we love our authors, but I probably haven’t said enough about how much we rely on them, and how the conversations that go on with them–some that extend over many years now–provide encouragement and often inspire us to add new topics and to approach a subject differently. And their willingness to refer us to other specialists is breathtakingly valuable: proof that social networking leads to better work.
It was a joy to be able to share the new Exact Editions online version of some of our most popular publications with them last week, and I had dozens of enthusiastic responses (answering all of them is one reason I haven’t been blogging much!). Our database is set up so I can e-mail hundreds of contributors, project by project, in a matter of 15 minutes. Responding properly takes much longer. Here’s what I wrote to the contributors to one publication:
Iâ€™m delighted to tell you that the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, which you contributed to, is now available in full-text onlineâ€”and completely free, too, for a limited time. Berkshire is running this experimental launch with our friends from UK-based Exact Editions. It seems to be the first time an academic reference publisher has done such a thing, so weâ€™re getting a lot of media coverage, and we want to share the newsâ€”and the edition itselfâ€”with you. Just go to http://www.exacteditions.com/berkshirepublishing.
Please do try the search system and check out the extensive linking. Thereâ€™s also a great Clipping Tool that allows you to select a small section from a page and paste it into your blog or a website. You can see what this looks like at the Exact Editions blog: http://exacteditions.blogspot.com/2007/09/exact-editions-for-book-publishers.html
Weâ€™ve done this in large part because Berkshire is a new company and we want to let the librarians who select print and online reference titles see for themselves the titles that weâ€™re so proud of, and that have been getting such great reviews and awards. We hope youâ€™ll pass this link to your institutionâ€™s or departmentâ€™s chief librarian, and also please feel free to use the resources with your students–who will love the search capacity and the Clipping Tool (better than Google’s!).
We have much more in mind, as we plan a new major project in human-computer interaction and web science, and want to share this excellent work as widely as possible, to stimulate fresh ideas about publishing in your fast-changing and important field.
I’ve even had a comment from a colleague of one of the contributors that it’s a nice UI (User Interface). Good to have experts taking a look.