Recent Internet Books
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Author John Quarterman 
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Network Working Group                                     J. Quarterman
Request for Comments: 1432                                         MIDS
                                                             March 1993

                         Recent Internet Books

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard.  Distribution of this memo is


   This article originally appeared in Volume 2 Number 12, (December
   1992) of Matrix News, the monthly newsletter of Matrix Information
   and Directory Services, Inc. (MIDS).

1.  Which Books

   Here is a list of books related to using the Internet, which is the
   global and exponentially growing network of more than a million
   computers that communicate by interactive use of the TCP/IP
   protocols, for the use of millions of users.  This article was
   prompted by the recent publication of nine or ten books on the
   Internet in the space of a year (some are so new they aren't even
   published yet).  I have also included some books that have been
   around for quite a long time (as long ago as the dim past of 1984).
   I think all of them contain useful information for people new to the

   Some of the books included here are about more than the Internet.
   Some of them are about the Matrix, which is the set of all computer
   networks worldwide that exchange electronic mail.  The Matrix
   includes FidoNet, UUCP, BITNET, USENET, the Internet, and many
   others, but is not limited to any one of those networks.  This
   particular bibliographic collection is oriented around the largest
   computer network in the world, the Internet, because of all the
   recent books about that network.  Matrix News continues to publish
   information about the Matrix, including but not limited to the

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RFC 1432                 Recent Internet Books                March 1993

   Author          Pp. Price  Audience       Type           Other

   LaQuey & Ryer   208 $10.95 public         user guide     some
   Kehoe           112 $22    technical      user guide     minimal
   Krol            376 $24.95 researchers    guide, catalog minimal
   Kochmer         450 $39.95 researchers    guide, catalog some
   Marine, et al.  380 $39    administrative contacts,      some
   Dern             ?    ?    new users      user guide     chapters
   Lane &          200 $37.50 information    primer         ?
   Summerhill                 professionals

   Malamud         376 $26.95 varied         travelog       some

   Quarterman &    448 $42.50 varied         standards      minimal
   Lynch, Rose     822 $40    technical      standards      minimal

   Tennant, et al. 142 $45    professionals  textbook       ?
   Benedikt        444 $15.95 varied         anthology      some
   Kahin           446 $34.95 faculty        scholarly      variable
   Parkhurst        86 $10.50 librarians     scholarly      some
   McClure, et al. 746 $45    varied         scholarly      some

   Levy            473  $4.95 public         history        some
   Raymond         453 $10.95 varied         dictionary     some
   Stoll           332 $19.95 public         spy story      some
   Hafner &        368 $22.95 public         journalism     some
   Denning         574 $23.95 public         scholarly      some
   Sterling        352 $23    public         documentary    some

   IRG             240 $15    technical      catalog        minimal
   NorthWestNet    297 $20    technical      catalog        minimal

   Frey & Adams    436 $26.95 varied         desk ref.      many
   LaQuey (UDCN)   645 $34.95 varied         directory      several
   Quarterman      746 $50    varied         context        all

                     Table 1. Network Books Summarized

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   I have excluded from this article books that are solely about
   technical aspects of technology, such as the TCP/IP protocols.
   Instead, I have included books about the resources and users of the
   Internet.  I have grouped them in rough classifications for
   convenience of presentation.  Several of these books fit several
   classifications.  For that reason and others, the classifications
   should be taken as illustrative, not definitive.  Table 1 summarizes
   some features of all the books described.

   Thanks to various people for input; especially David Bridge.  Much of
   the detailed bibliographic information came from the Library of
   Congress catalog server supported by Digital Research Associates,
   Inc., accessed via gopher and Telnet over the Internet.
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