So, I clearly went off track with the summer. It’s a long story and will have to wait until we see each other face-to-face. Short summary: Act 1: went to Ireland, caught a cold from students, turned into major chest infection, kept me off the airplane to Seattle for VisCom… and basically meant I stayed in Ireland until late August. While that had its upside (the most relaxing extended vacation I have had since 2005), it meant not being where I could send anyone a book to review as those were all in the USA. Act 2: Returned to US and immersed in beginning of semester… which brings us to NOW.
Print is clearly NOT DEAD! Every year dozens of books are published specifically about the visual and hundreds more on subjects related to the visual or of interest to visual communication scholars.
Visual Communication Quarterly features book reviews of published works of interest to the Visual Communication community. As the number of pages that can be given over to reviews is limited, the new editor of VCQ, xtine burroughs, and I have talked about an online book review section in the VCQuarterly website. This will have the same standards of quality and attention that the print version gets, however, we will be able to publish reviews of many more books… perhaps one or two a month! That would at least quadruple what we are doing now. In addition, we will be able to use color images of the covers and, if permissions are obtainable, additional images from those books that warrant it. In addition, with the proper tags, these book reviews will likely get better search engine results and, therefore increase reach — good news for both publishers and reviewers. I am even thinking about retro-reviews… books that are being rediscovered.