Submitter: Writing and publishing with your computer is a topic that many people are interested in, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that products and software have changed a bit since 1998. Some of the people who might be checking the book out to jump start a self-publishing career were probably not even born when this book was written. The many options available to self-publishers today were still only a gleam on the horizon twenty years ago. Our patrons deserve better.
Holly: Good grief – this book shows Microsoft Publisher ’97! I’m not even sure what version of Adobe Photoshop they’re using. Moses there on the cover is scratching his head in befuddlement too. Useless.
Submitter: From a large public library that recently weeded the 800s/authorship how to’s. This had circed in the last 5 years, which is surprising considering that these “true confessions” magazines don’t really exist as a phenomenon anymore (though at least one of them is still around, although in a less lurid version: http://www.truerenditionsllc.com)
Here’s a great collection of covers of confessional magazines from their heyday, for those readers who don’t recall the genre:
Holly: This book is basically “how to write click bait” for the 80s.
How to Write a Great School Report
James and Barkin
Submitter: We found this on the shelves at our public library this year, and kept it as an example for staff. The sections on how to find information in a physical card catalog, and how to format a paper – handwritten in cursive; would not be particularly helpful to students writing a report today. The instructions are pre-Internet, so a number of problems if a student today tried to use it for a reference.
Holly: Oh good, just what our high school and college patrons need! Never mind those pesky library databases that we spend thousands on, and don’t bother with word processing software either. Heck, changes in citation styles are probably just “suggestions” too. What could possibly go wrong if a student uses this for report-writing help?