We are asking for comments from authors, publishers, readers, historians, and others with experience in this subject. Please use the Letters to the Editor section of this post to provide your opinions. The following are a few questions to get the forum going:
Should serious automobile history and biography books and articles include proper documentation such as notes and bibliographies?
Why are the vast majority of automobile books undocumented?
What automotive titles are known to be properly documented?
What kinds of documentation should be used?
Is documenting entirely up to the authors?
What do publishers recommend?
What do readers want?
Does publishing documented works help increase the stature of automobile writers and historians?
Does the lack of proper documentation in automotive history and biography lessen the importance of the work, and author?
Please send comments via the Letters to the Editor box below.