Book Review: John Regazzi. Scholarly Communication: A History From Content as King to Content as Kingmaker

Technology reigns over every segment of Scholarly Communications. An entire chapter is devoted to the story of the CD-ROM, a focus I can only guess rises from Regazzi’s history as a player in the world of secondary publishers, abstracting and indexing concerns like Engineering Village and Scopus. While this medium-centric approach certainly serves as an outline for the development of scholarly communications, at times the exceedingly dry accumulation of lists of companies, product features and market shares threatens to knock the reader right out of the narrative. Really, the history of CD-ROM could have occupied a much smaller place in the history of disruptive technology, without sacrificing the idea that innovations quickly rise and fall as Moore’s law inexorably advances.