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Explanation of Publication Types

The quality and availability of a book often depends in part on how it was published. Therefore, the book listings identify each book by one of the following publication types:

In all cases, quality and availability depends on specifics related to that particular book -- readers should not assume that a work will be easy to find and of good quality because it comes from an academic or commercial publisher, or that it will be hard to find and crappy because it does not. However, the category descriptions given above can be helpful for setting expectations.

Finally, it should be noted that publication type cannot always be deduced simply from who did the publishing, because some publishing companies have both academic and commercial divisions. Where appropriate, additional infromation has been checked to determine the type of publication for a specific work. This includes checking specific imprints, acknowledgements given by the author (especially looking for mentions of academic reviewers), and the style and content of the work. Any mistakes made in this process can be brought to the attention of the webmaster through the email link at the bottom of this page.


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