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9:55am on Thursday, 24th February, 2005:



I'm often asked what books there are on virtual worlds. Needless to say, I don't know what books there are, although I'm vain enough to make an effort to find out what books there are which mention my name. even so, I regard listing these as being too much like hard work; the closest I've come is the bibliography for my own book on the subject.

However, as a generous gesture to my fellow virtual world researchers, I present here a photograph of my university office bookshelf and its 87 books. I'm not embedding the image in my blog directly because it's over 1Mb in size and I don't want to cause unnecessary pain to readers who don't have broadband.

Not every book is on my shelf: some are on loan to students; some are sitting on the desk next to me in a pile; some (mainly of historical interest only) are on another shelf in my garage; some are lost in my attic but I'm sure I'll rediscover them eventually. I'd say that the photograph shows just over half my collection of books related to virtual worlds, but it's the half that's most likely to be of interest to people researching the subject. However, bear in mind that many of the "top 10" titles are either out on loan or piled up within easy reach at home.

Referenced by Thank You for Flying.

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