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How to cite e-books?

Since I'm living in a different country that I work, I've ended up using lots and lots of time in airports and planes. As an effect of this I'm trying to get as much of my research material as possible in digital format. This also goes for books. The Kindle app is my new friend. It keeps my suitcase within cabin luggage limits.

Today I've encountered for the first time the problem of how to cite E-books in an academic text. E-books are still a fairly new technology, and they are treated by both publishers and many readers as "second grade" editions. I guess this will change with time, but for now we have to deal with inconveniences as the lack of proper page numbering, lack of stable "edition markers" and so on. And not to forget - tons of hyphenation errors, bad quality images and other oddities. This goes even for big publishers like Oxford University Press.

Anyways, the point is - how to cite? I found a fairly good introduction to the problem on …

Riff structure in Emperors Nightside Eclipse

Yesterday I had a bit of private fun on the plane while flying back to Norway. I was listening to Emperors old classic In The Nightside Eclipse from 1993while preparing for a lecture on 20th century music. I was for a moment concerning using some of the songs on the album as examples of how to analyze contemporary music, and I did a quick formal analysis of a couple of the tracks.

Inno A Satana, an old favorite, is using the following schema
Intro Short drum intro tema 1, 1, 1, 1 A (”Verse”) tema 2, 2, 3 tema 2, 2, 3 B tema 4, 4, 4* tema 4**, 4**, 4**     A (”Verse”) tema 2, 2, 3 tema 2, 2, 3 C tema 5, (bridge), 5, 5 tema 5, 5, 5 End 
* = Alterated or expanded

Cosmic Keys To My Creation and Times

Intro  (Tonal centre: A)
tema 1, 1 (without band)
tema 1, 1 (with band)
tema 1, 1

A (”Verse”)
tema 2, 2, 2*, 2*   - tonal centre: E
tema 3, 3, 3, 3 (vocals)   - tonal centre: A
tema 2, 2, 2, 2   - tonal centre: E
tema 3, 3, 3, 3 (vocals) - tonal centre: A

B (Tonal centre H)
tema 4, 4, 4, 5
tema 4, 4, 4…