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Perhaps one measure of a book's value to a particular discipline is reflected by the number of editions the publisher releases, as this is a reflection of demand for the text. On this measure there can be little doubt that O'Hara's text has proved successful since five editions have been released since its original publication in 1956, and almost 200 000 copies have been sold. There are, however, other measures of performance that also guide us in assessing a textbook's contribution to the particular discipline in question. For example, the seminal nature of the book, the book's propensity for stimulating further research, and the frequency for bibliographic citation in other scholarly monographs, articles, and books are but a few examples of these measures of performance.
Chairman, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
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