Monday, August 23, 2010

Feedback on Warnings

Mike Smith Enterprises received a letter from a reader last week that I would like to share with you.

Dear Mr. Smith,

Both my husband and I just finished reading your excellent book. We are recommending it to many folks who we know are interested in weather. My husband is a retired corporate pilot, flight instructor, and FAA Designee Examiner. So knowing about weather probably saved his life on more than one occasion.

I am an old farm girl from west central Illinois. Farmers are also very interested in weather. I witnessed beautiful crops being totally shredded and destroyed more than one once by violent thunderstorms containing large hail. Very distressing to watch one's annual income being wrecked, to say the least.

But I must send you what I hope will be a constructive criticism. As I am currently a reference librarian at Park Ridge Public Library in Park Ridge, Illinois, I must point out to you the omission of an index in your otherwise very well written and documented book. While I am also a believer in the use of notes for non-fiction titles, notes are not essential, but I believe that an index is!! The lack of an index makes your volume very difficult for educators to use with students or to suggest your book be included or cited in school research papers. Please consider adding an index to future editions or paperback editions, when they are released. Your top-notch work should be must reading for all students in science classes as well as the adult reader who is interested in weather. Keep up the good work.

Best regards,

Mrs. Ward A. Solberg
Des Plaines, IL

If you haven't read Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather, I think that you will really enjoy it. You can find at bookstores everywhere or online.

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