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Futurist Paul Saffo argues in Wired (3/94, pp. 76-7) that context or point of view will be more important than information. Individuals with unique points of view could become the stars of cyberspace, just as happens with authors in the print world. [Elliott Parker (3zlufur@cmuvm.csv.cmich.edu, CARR-L, 3/6/94.]

Richard Seltzer of The B&R Samizdat Express notes that getting books into print is easy compared with getting them sold. Even with good reviews, bookstores will give shelf space for only a short time, and the price must cover all remaindered or shredded copies. Electronic publishing, however, is cheap and forever -- even for scholarly or niche works. (A Jules Verne novella -- Le Mariage de Mr. Anselme des Tilleuls -- was recently published for the first time, by Samizdat's PLEASE COPY THIS DISK.) Electronic publication also seems to help hardcopy sales. Authors should be reluctant to give up electronic rights. [samizdat@world.std.com, INTERNET-ON-A-DISK newsletter #3, 5/2/94.]

You can probably get copyright registration forms from your public library. If not, call the Library of Congress at (202) 707-9100. [Terry Carroll (tjc50@juts.ccc.amdahl.com), cni-copyright, 2/3/93.]

Palatino is an elegant and readable font for text; New Century Schoolbook is even more readable. Knuth's Computer Modern Typewriter works well for listings, and Helvetica or Computer Modern Sans Serif for figure labeling. Another good set is that used by Scientific American: Lucida Bright for text, Lucida Sans for figure labels, and Lucida Sans Typewriter for listings. [Michael Covington (mcovingt@aisun3.ai.uga.edu), comp.fonts, 4/14/94.]

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a mail-based grammar hotline from Purdue. Send an "owl-request" subject line and "send help" message to owl@sage.cc.purdue.edu for a list of free handouts. Questions to owl@sage.cc.purdue.edu will be answered within 48 hours. [Dave Taylor (taylor@mentor.cc.purdue.edu), misc.writing, 2/21/94. David Joslin.]

A useful guide to citing electronic sources may be FTP'd as electronic.biblio.cite from pubdocshistory etuse on ftp.msstate.edu. [Elliot Palais (iacesp@asuacad.bitnet), PACS-L, 2/9/94.]

CINDEX is excellent PC software for constructing a book index. Its macro facility will also dynamically expand abbreviations and perform other text formatting. Indexing Research, P.O. Box 18609, Rochester, NY 14618-0609; (716) 461-5530. [Paul Zohave (ppzohav@aol.com), HUMANIST, 2/24/94.]

Readers of HUMANIST seem agreed that automated indexing is very poor. A better solution is to tag terms within an advanced word processor. Word for Windows has several formatting options, and even lets you add an index button to your tool bar. [wallachp@csusys.ctstateu.edu, 4/4/94.] Joan Cook suggests hiring someone for $3/page. Your publisher can suggest a competent professional. One procedure is to use separate highlighter colors for main entries and subentries (i.e., modifiers). Use pencil to connect the two, if necessary, and to note page numbers on the proofs. Alphabetizing entries as you type them in is almost as fast as using sorting or indexing software. [cookj@guvax.georgetown.edu.]