RE: Textbook writing

Subject: RE: Textbook writing
From: "Ehr, Meg" <Meg -dot- Ehr -at- smartworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 12:03:22 -0500

>From the AP story

"The study's reviewers tried to contact textbook authors with questions, [NC
State physics prof. John] Hubisz [who headed the study] said, but in many
cases the people listed said they didn't write the book, and some didn't
even know their names had been listed. Some of the authors of a physical
science book, for example, were biologists."

and later:

"Hubisz said the researchers contacted publishers, who for the most part
either dismissed the panel's findings or promised corrections in subsequent

Reviews of later editions turned up more errors than corrections, the report

Meg Ehr

-----Original Message-----
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com [mailto:bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: Textbook writing

Usually textbooks are written by actual teachers. A couple of my undergrad
instructors wrote the books for their classes (it was really great in the
one class where the prof taught verbatim from the book and mine was already
highlighted -- "See you on test days, guys!").

-----Original Message-----
From: Foster, Willow [mailto:WFoster -at- friedmancorp -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 10:21 AM
Subject: Textbook writing

this unacceptable. Does anyone know if technical writers are employed for
this type of work?

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