Professor Fitzpatrick’s “Planned Obsolescence” gets official launch

Via the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog, we learn that blogger and Pomona College Media Studies Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s new book was officially released this morning. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy addresses the changes the digital world is bringing to academic publishing and, as ProfHacker notes,  a draft of  the book has been online for review for the last two years.

On her own blog, Fitzpatrick notes that’s today’s official launch is both cool and quaint:

“I got my first copy of the paperback about four weeks ago now. Granted, I got it the very day it arrived at the press, and it does take a couple of weeks for Amazon to get its first shipment, to get that shipment into its system, and to get ready to start shipping them out …

But… the Kindle edition. Has also been there, more or less ready to go. Folks even pre-ordered it! And apparently are receiving it today … Which is completely awesome, of course, but it does make me wonder: November 1 was not intended by NYU Press to be an official laydown date; there was no publisher-enforced embargo on sales, or reviews … And given that one of the virtues of the Kindle is that you can have that text right now, why hold it back?”

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