Selected chapters from my new book, A Knowledge Representation Practionary, are now available for free download. The chapters include the preface, introduction, second chapter, and conclusion, as well as all three book appendices. I will be releasing further chapters for free over time.
These versions are my author’s complete versions before final editing and formatting by Springer. Though I liked the idea of being selected by a major publisher, I was quite disappointed at the high price point picked by Springer for the hardback book. I am new to the publishing game, but will not make the mistake again of having my work placed behind unscalably high price walls. My articles on this blog have been free from Day One and I only tried advertising for a very short period of time. Information is meant to be accessed and used, not sequestered behind paywalls. No author of a specialty book, as is mine, should expect to make any meaningful royalties. The objective should be to be read, not become rich.
These author’s versions are essentially the same as what is in the final, published product. I do ask, however, if you cite them that you refer to the official Springer version. Here is a link to a sample chapter reference in various metadata formats.
Springer subscribers still have free access to the official version of the book in PDF form and for $25 can obtain a softcover, printed version. However, for all others, please refer to my standard AKRP page for updates on additional free chapters.