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Poll: Should Proz.com have a book review section?
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May 12, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Should Proz.com have a book review section?".

This poll was originally submitted by Mihai Badea

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A forum topic will appear each time a new poll is run. For more information, see: http://proz.com/topic/33629


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Gabor Kun  Identity Verified
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alternative May 12, 2006

Maybe forum topics instead.

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xxxtazdog
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dictionaries May 12, 2006

I answered yes and said I'd contribute, but I wanted to qualify that: I think the book reviews should focus on dictionaries and other translation-related books (to maybe include language-training books as well). This was suggested in the forums a while back and I think it would be a great idea. I have a couple of expensive white elephants sitting on my shelves, dictionaries that I most likely wouldn't have bought if I'd had a chance to get feedback on them in advance from people who had actually used them. Amazon.com, for example, uses a star-rating system with customer reviews, and something that like would probably work in this case.

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abufaraz
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Language Problem May 12, 2006

If this feature is introduced then, I'm afraid you will have to include the books from all the languages and on every topic.

Regards

[Edited at 2006-05-12 14:29]


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Katrin Lueke  Identity Verified
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Agree with Cindy May 12, 2006

I absolutely agree with Cindy.

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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
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dictionaries 2 May 12, 2006

Cindy Chadd wrote:

I answered yes and said I'd contribute, but I wanted to qualify that: I think the book reviews should focus on dictionaries and other translation-related books (to maybe include language-training books as well). This was suggested in the forums a while back and I think it would be a great idea. I have a couple of expensive white elephants sitting on my shelves, dictionaries that I most likely wouldn't have bought if I'd had a chance to get feedback on them in advance from people who had actually used them. Amazon.com, for example, uses a star-rating system with customer reviews, and something that like would probably work in this case.


I answered no, and I'd like to clarify that. I understood books to mean fiction in the poll. But I'm one of the people who have been hankering after a dictionary "blueboard" for years. And there's never been any response from up above. Before reading the comments, I immediately suggested a poll about a dictionary review section. Maybe it'll get posted, maybe there'll be some interest and just maybe we'll get a section that would be really useful. Because just like Cindy, I have some very expensive books gathering dust on my shelves.


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Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
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dictonaries and translation-related books, too May 12, 2006

I also chose to understand "book review" as translation-related books - the idea of a "dictionary blueboard" sounds really nice! It doesn't happen very often, but I already regretted buying a dictionary after seeing what was inside... OTOH, I have some wonderful dictionaries that were difficult to find, so it may help other people to know that they exist.
I also have a couple of translation-related books and would be interested in discovering other documents.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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relevant books May 12, 2006

I haven't responded to the poll, because it's far too generic! I'm in complete agreement with the previous posters - should Proz have a non-translation related book review section? Absolutely not! Should it have a dictionary/translation-related book review section? Yes, it would be a very useful feature.

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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Should Proz.com have a book review section? May 12, 2006

Yes, of course. Dictionaries and translation-related books. I think it is a GREAT idea.

Au


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Seconded May 12, 2006

Marie-Helene Hayles wrote:

I haven't responded to the poll, because it's far too generic! I'm in complete agreement with the previous posters - should Proz have a non-translation related book review section? Absolutely not! Should it have a dictionary/translation-related book review section? Yes, it would be a very useful feature.


Agree with that 100% - I haven't responded either.

I would like to add that IF we were to get a dictionary review section, it would be useful to include dictionaries available on CD within the scope.


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Joanna Borowska  Identity Verified
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I voted yes May 12, 2006

because I remember that Mihai has mentioned this before ( http://www.proz.com/post/296349 ). But I agree that the question shoud be more specific (translation-related books). Anyway, a great idea. I would sure contribute

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Brilliant May 12, 2006

Cindy Chadd wrote:

I think the book reviews should focus on dictionaries and other translation-related books (to maybe include language-training books as well). This was suggested in the forums a while back and I think it would be a great idea.


like the books brought out by St. Jerome Publishing, for one.


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Ricki Farn
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dictionaries/translation books only May 12, 2006

agree Most people try not to buy such books by guesswork, but ask friends for recommendations, why not make it public.
Ricki


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xxxMihai Badea  Identity Verified
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Dictionary/book review section May 12, 2006

Thank you all for your answers and comments.

I have suggested this poll a long time ago and if the staff chose to publish it now, it could mean that they consider the idea, which is great. Now, I guess, it’s up to us to convince them that we really need such a section.

There were indeed very useful discussions on books and dictionaries in the fora, but the information is not very easy to find. I think I would like a more structured way of presenting our opinions on the dictionaries/books.

I fully agree with the colleagues who said that this review section should focus on dictionaries and other translation-related books, but, on the other hand, I would also like to be able to find comments on specialized books. For instance, I specialize in financial translations and I would like to read and write reviews on books dealing with financial subjects. These books are not really translation-related, but the reviews would certainly help me as a translator.

[Edited at 2006-05-12 13:41]


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Reed James
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Include e-Books May 12, 2006

I would like to know more about e-books on translation as it is less expensive and more convenient for me to download them.

Reed


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