Update: As I explain below in a comment of 2 November 2007 to this post (with some minor corrections):
"... as I have mentioned in subsequent posts on my two blogs, CreationEvolutionDesign and TheShroudofTurin, I am now concentrating my blog posts on writing two books: "Problems of Evolution" and "The Shroud of Turin: Burial Sheet of Jesus?" While I still may write an "Evolution Quote Book," it is now on the backburner. ... My "Problems of Evolution" book will refer to points made by my quotes but not usually as quotes."
To those who have sent me messages and a comment, I hope to respond to you via CED eventually. I feel I should explain why I may not be able to post to this blog, or respond to questions or comments, as regularly as previously.
Even though I had retired in late 2001, completed a biology degree in 2004, and shut down my Yahoo list CED in 2005, I still found I was busier than ever, writing my book, "Problems of Evolution" and posting to this blog.
I have since ~1998 regarded it as a high priority to keep up with science news articles and save ones that I find interesting or think might be of future use, to my hard disk (if anyone wants an old article relating to creation/ evolution/ design, I probably have a copy of it). I had recently set up Pluck RSS reader which is much more efficient than clicking on each news site, but the problem is that I now have ~40 science RSS feeds (currently I have ~1,075 science articles to read and I had cleared it only last weekend!), as well as other topics.
But, it gets worse! Since a little over a week ago, I now have only nights to blog, as I have been working full-time each day, six days a week, writing a book (a different one) which will be a selection of ~1,000 quotes (or ~350 pages whichever comes first) from the ~10,000 quotes I have online.
I had long thought of publishing a book of my quotes (since at over 6 megabytes of text files it is probably the world's largest collection of personally verified creation / evolution quotes), but had been put off by the prohibitive cost of paying the copyright owner of each quote for permission to use it. Although I wondered how any quote book could ever be published, and there are lots of them and none of them that I had read (including the late Henry Morris', "That Their Words May Be Used Against Them") had mentioned anything about obtaining permission.
I had been praying about this, and then a few weeks ago (after I had entered preliminary discussions with a publisher about publishing my quotes), I read the following in a secondhand book of Australian quotations:
"In a book composed entirely of quotations, the question of copyright, and its ill- defined antithesis, fair dealing, is complex. We have endeavoured to contact the authors or copyright owners in all cases where we are quoting a complete work, or so large a portion of a work that we believed such action to be necessary." (Murray-Smith, S., ed., "The Dictionary of Australian Quotations," , Heinemann: Richmond Vic., Australia, Revised, 1987, p.iii).
I took this as an answer to prayer, that even in Australia (which has a stricter copyright law than the USA, where I would be publishing my quote book), for books that are "composed entirely of quotations," under Australia's "fair dealing" (analogous to the USA's "fair use") provisions of copyright law, there is no need to ask the copyright owners for permission, unless "so large a portion of a work" is quoted that I "believed such action to be necessary."
I plan to either publish the quote book through a regular publisher, or self-publish it (e.g. through iUniverse). I have a tentative `catchy' title for it, but don't want to say publicly what it is. Each quote will have a unique serial number, so I will probably include a CD or DVD of the quotes with no, or minimal, hyperlinked headings and serial number (otherwise the book could be too easily pirated), which will add to its usefulness as the quotes can then be copied and pasted from a browser.
Even at a rate of ~20 quotes a day (it is surprising how long it takes, but there is a fair bit of setting up and tidying up, although I expect to pick up speed) working through ~10,000 quotes, it will take me over a year to finish it! Now that the book is rapidly taking shape (it is ~250 quotes and ~90 pages long and the previously isolated quotes seem to gain power by being classified), I think it will be a very worthwhile ~1 year (even though it seems I am a quarter there after only a little over a week, I still need to go through all ~10,000 quotes to select the best ~1,000 quotes) detour!
I would be interested in no obligation feedback, either through comments to this post, or a private email (which I reserve the right to publish here anonymously) on those who would buy such a book of ~1,000 evolution quotes, mostly by evolutionists, at ~US$20 to $25. Hostile evolutionist feedback will be regarded as an encouragement! :-)
"We know that among all animals there is great variation. In any large family no two are quite alike, and it was natural to assume that the fittest would be more likely to survive, and form a fitter variety. But it is now known that most of such varieties as are due to changing conditions of climate, nutrition, or to the physical condition of the mother at the time of the early development, and variations which Darwin thought would be inherited are not inherited at all." (Broom, R., "Finding the Missing Link," , Greenwood Press: Westport CT, Second edition, 1951, Reprinted, 1975, p.98)