Introducing Download the Universe: A new science ebook review

By Carl Zimmer | February 21, 2012 11:06 am

I’d like to draw your attention to a new project some colleagues and I have built: a science ebook review.

For over a year now, ebooks about science have been published at a remarkable clip, but there’s been a serious gap in this growing ecosystem: a way for people who want to read new ebooks about science to find out about new projects. Because science ebooks are so new, they have a way of falling between the cracks. Conventional book reviews aren’t very interested; blogs only sporadically pay attention.

At this year’s Science Online conference, some colleagues and I decided that this was a problem easily solved. So we set out to solve it, with a new site: Download the Universe.

We are fifteen writers and scientists who want to explore this new form. On a regular basis, we’ll be delivering new reviews of ebooks about technology, medicine, natural history, neuroscience, astronomy, and anything else that fits under the comfortably large rubric of science. We also define ebooks generously–everything from a plain-vanilla pdf on an author’s web site to a Kindle Single to an elaborate iPad app. (We will not be reviewing ebooks that are simply digitized versions of print books.) We welcome tips about titles to review–from readers, authors, or publishers.

We already have an inventory of reviews that we’ll be publishing over the next few days, and we’re at work on more. There’s a lot to cover, we’re happy to report.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Ebooks, Link Love, Writing Elsewhere

Comments (5)

  1. Celestial Navigation is probably the most popular science in the recreational community, and this book (Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot) has become one of our best sellers internationally.

    We would appreciate very much your considering reviewing this title. Its cover graphic and description can be seen at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6728

    It might also interest your group to know that this title won the 2011 Dan Poynter Global eBook Award in the non-fiction category and we feel that your review of it might be a refreshing break for your readers.

    Thank you,
    Jack Beider, Magic Lamp Press
    Editor@MagicLampPress.com

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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