Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 10:49:33 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Good Idea (in spite of bad timing) Somebody at U of Alabama Press just sent me information about Ellen Johnson's new book, saying that Allan had suggested that I might want to put the information on the ADS web pages. I think having a page with links to information about new books by ADS members is an excellent idea. So I just created such a page, with one entry so far -- the one I just got. I stuck a note on the page saying that it was new and that I wouldn't be able to add anything to it until late July but that almost certainly there would be many additions at that point. If any of you have recent books, I'd like to add them -- at the end of July. There's no way I can do it right now. I'm in the midst of grading summer school exams and am leaving town tomorrow. If you want the descriptions to look "prettier," send them to me as html documents. Otherwise, just send them in ASCII and I'll
 them --

i.e., I'll stick 
 at the beginning of the document and 
at the end, meaning that it will appear on the web in exactly the form you sent it in (same paragraphing etc.) Another problem with good ideas for web additions is that the fate of our web pages (temporary fate -- one year) is uncertain at the moment. I'll be leaving late next April to teach in Japan until May '98. Because telnet access from there will too slow to edit web pages conveniently back here and will be costing by the minute, I won't be able to keep the pages up to date. Since I'm the only ADS member here at MSU, there's nobody here who can take over the task. And since outsiders can't have accounts on our system, nobody else can do it. So it's going to come down to either finding a new home for the web pages or not updating them for a year. (In the latter case, I'd put an explanatory note on every page.) But that's all still pretty far in the future. Right now I'm concentrating on getting out of town tomorrow. Btw -- you may remember that before I left town for a little over a week last month, I said that I was changing ADS-L back to "send=public" and hoping the spammers were on vacation. I still haven't changed it back to "send=private." Let's hope they stay on vacation for the rest of the summer. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] P.S. Back to the subject of new-book blurbs. In case any of you are wondering how new is new, how recent is recent, I don't know. What do y'all think? Published within the past year?