Dear Academic Publisher,
Please stop using endnotes instead of footnotes.
You are an academic publisher, not a popular publisher. Your authors write books for scholars and it is scholars who buy and read them. This means that your readers not only write footenotes, we read them. Notes are part of how we learn. You are not helping us by burying what we regard as essential information under chapter headings or worse, chapter numbers, in the back of the book. Those notes contain evidence by which we judge the strength or weakness of an argument. They contain leads to sources and to other scholars. Just now I am working with a book stuffed with no fewer than 5 bookmarks as I try to track back and forth from the body of the argument to the endnotes where you, dear publisher, have buried the information I need. It is truly frustrating. They are a crime against readers. They may save you time but they waste ours. Please stop it and give us back our footnotes.
While I have you, when did you stop sewing the bindings on your ever-more expensive volumes? When did you give up on actual cloth covers in favor of tawdry, graphics pasted around academic volumes. Which genius told you that your market wants expensive hardbound volumes to look like cheap, airport lounge paperbacks?
Frustrated Academic Readers Everywhere
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