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A Correspondent recommends Elaine K. Swift, The Making of an American Senate: Reconstitutive Change in Congress, 1787-1841. But only pages 1-26 are up at Google Books.

Chance that I will buy the book? 0%.

Chance that I will find time the next time I am in the Berkeley library to hunt down the book? 10%.

Chance I would at least skim through the entire book if were all available on Google Books? 80%.

Elaine K. Swift and the University of Michigan Press have lost 7/10 of a reader for the book by their decision to make only a limited rather than a full preview available on Google Books.

Academics and academic publishers who want readers, be warned.

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