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Fresh Leaves from the Bookshelf
by FM Carsten Hansen
The column is continuously published in American Chess Magazine; acmchess.com
While the aim of this column is to look at the some of the most interesting recent publications, far more books are being published than there is room for in this column, therefore the following list is an overview of some of the more noteworthy recent releases. The books are not selected because they are the best, but rather for their noteworthy attributes. Of course the rating of a chess book is completely subjective, but I have tried to measure each book on how it delivers on its promise to its intended audience.
Before we move on to the above-mentioned books I want to share a few thoughts with you the reader. While being a chess book reviewer is one of my joys in life - after all, as a lover of chess books, who would not appreciate receiving books from eager publishers and authors? – it is also one of the more stressful tasks I undertake. Which books should be part of the next column? Which books will the reader most enjoy hearing about? Which books will be most relevant to the reader of this magazine? What are the demographics for readers of this magazine in terms of strength, book-buying habits etc? Should books from major chess publishers receive preferential treatment over those that are published by smaller outfits or even self-published by the author? What about e-books and digital products, are they less or more important than printed books, and how should they be weighted in comparison with traditional materials?
When I wrote the first couple of articles, I received books sporadically and often ended up going to bookstores or online to find books that attracted my curiosity. Now, however, the books are coming in a torrent that makes it a lot more complicated to make the right choices. Ten books are covered in this article, but another thirty or more came under consideration for inclusion. Therefore, I will encourage you, the reader, to tell me if you have bought a recent book that has not yet been covered in this column, but which you like or even love a lot, and I will then decide whether to include it in an upcoming issue.
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