Academic journal article Australian Journal of Hospitality Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Hospitality Management

Editorial

Article excerpt

What ever happened to the luxury of browsing through a textbook?

When editing the Australian Journal of Hospitality Management, the last section to be completed is invariably the Book Review section. The author of the book being reviewed is no doubt the keenest reader of the review. Never are words of praise more savoured, or words of criticism more acutely felt, than when reading a review of one's own work!!

However, aside from massaging or destroying the author's ego, book reviews provide a range of useful functions, which justify their inclusion in the Australian Journal of Hospitality Management. The reviews draw the readers' attention to texts, which may be useful to them in their chosen fields. Often this may be an academic wishing to access books suitable for their personal library or more probably, a book whose content enriches the resource base of their institution's library.

For the reviewer, the whole exercise of reviewing a book or monograph is a stimulating and challenging exercise. It is stimulating because a book review necessitates reading a book. While that may seem like stating the obvious, it is worth reflecting how frequently we actually read a textbook book as opposed to accessing information. Certainly there are those among us with a voracious appetite for knowledge and are truly widely-read. However, for many academics and researchers, the plethora of information available and the frenetic world we live in combine to make accessing and gathering information highly selective. Databases assist us in focussing on what has been published in our field of interest. Given the constraints of resources and time, researchers are often satisfied in confining their search within a very limited range. …

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