A future for (shorter) academic publishing

A plea for some shorter academic books. The author makes some good points. Not only readability and accessibility, but simply reading (i.e., more people actually will). It concludes with a lovely quote from Ian McEwan defending the novella with this final line:

I suspect that many novelists clock up sixty thousand words after a year’s work and believe (wearily, perhaps) that they are only half way there. They are slaves to the giant, instead of masters of the form.

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