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I examine the status of the volume of collected research essays within scholarly publishing at the moment, focusing on various impediments to the publication of edited collections worthy of academic respectability. On the one hand, I argue that such books play a valuable role in the dissemination of knowledge, alongside journal articles and research monographs. But, on the other hand, I agree with some of the criticisms that have been levelled at edited collections by both academics and publishers. I attempt to offer some practical suggestions for redressing the problems, both perceived and real, that plague volumes of essays.