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Preview: Books I’ll Be Reading This Summer

child facing a statute that's holding a book

There are three (open access) books I’ve been meaning to read and review, but I realized if I waited until I finished them, it would take a while, so I thought it would be good to post a “preview” here, of why I hope to dip into these books over summer.

Education and Technology: Critical Approaches

This CC-licensed e-book is edited by Giselle Martins dos Santos Ferreira, Luiz Alexandre da Silva Rosado and Jaciara de Sa Carvalho. The book “brings together texts which question the hypothetical ne…


Getting Rid of Old Books

More than a year into our most recent move, we finally spent entirely too much money on bookshelves and took to the task of unpacking our books. We’re a dual-PhD/recovering academic couple, both in humanities disciplines. We are also compulsive media hoarders; my husband, who doesn’t have a sentimental bone in his body, nonetheless insisted we keep all our old CDs so that our then-hypothetical kids could explore our musical tastes. But our particular weakness (which our now-real kids exploit li…


Alphabetizing Books Quickly: QuickSort, Insertion Sort, and Bubble Sort

piles of books

Sometimes, the video that would’ve been helpful for you arrives right after you’ve completed a task. Over the past few months, I’ve been gradually relocating my books from my basement at home to my office at work, thus symbolically completing a move that’s now 3+ years old. Once I got them all to work, they were piled on my shelves, and so I needed to quickly sort them.

Shortly after finally getting them all organized, I discovered that Chand John and Anton Trofimov have a video (via Open Cul…


Weekend Reading: Trick or Treat Edition


Happy Halloween ProfHackers! We hope that your day is full of treats and light on tricks.

For your weekend reading:

Apparently, Craigslist is not just for hook-ups and used furniture anymore. The Atlantic reports that people are also using it to list cemetery plots: “Shopping for Secondhand Graves on Craigslist.” While we are on the topic of burial, NPR ran an interview with mortician Caitlyn Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory, a couple weeks ago. I…


Summer Reading: 2014 Edition


Commencement on my campus was on Saturday morning. Colleagues at other institutions in my town of Spartanburg, SC celebrated last week or today. Now that the exams are marked and the grades are in, or will be in soon, perhaps you will find a bit of time for pleasure reading. I’ve made it a priority to read for fun at least a little bit every day since some time in graduate school. Many of our fellow ProfHackers weighed in on their pleasure reading habits a while back. We’ve also featured posts …


Weekend Reading: The Rise of the Machines Edition

We at ProfHacker like books. Apparently so do many of you. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week about the “Allure of the print book.”  Esquire followed with “The Revenge of the Printed Book.” Newsweek, which ended print circulation last year in favor of pure digital circulation, has announced that it will resume hard copy in February 2014.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Amazon Prime Air this week that consumers may begin to receive their purchases via drone as early and June 2…


Keep Track of (Public) Library Books with Library Elf

Stack of BooksMy family and I are inveterate public library patrons. Between us we have four library cards, and we visit the library several times a week, often checking out more books than we are returning. At any given time we have between 50 and 100 library books checked out. All those books are great, but with so many, and with so many different due dates, how do we keep track of them all?

My public library—like most public libraries—has an email reminder service, as well as a great website and even m…


Organizing Our (Analog) Library

The acquisition of books is by no means a matter of money or expert knowledge alone.  Not even both factors together suffice for the establishment of a real library, which is always somewhat impenetrable and at the same time uniquely itself.

–Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”

[This is a guest post by Jonathan Sterne, an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His latest books are MP3: The Meaning of a Format(Duke University Pr…


Open Thread Wednesday: Do You Buy Books at Conventions?

A table in a book exhibitLast weekend, two of the largest academic conferences of the year took place: the annual meetings of the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). A good portion of the ProfHacker team was at one of these two gatherings, giving presentations, listening to talks, and tweeting up a storm.

One of the staples of these two conventions (as well as any other that I have ever attended) is the book exhibit. Academic publishers bring their most recent titles to show …


Building Books for Mobile

fixing the firewire port of an iPod 1G

Mobile devices and tablets are at the center of new debates on interactive textbooks and educational applications–and, thanks to the growing interest, there are many options for development tools. As Jason Farman described last week, there are lots of exciting ways to integrate mobile devices and tablets in the classroom. Developing your own mobile resources, or inviting your students to try it, is possible even without coding experience and is a great way to see for yourself the possibilities …