Libraries and university presses are partnering in increasingly enterprising approaches to book publishing, incorporating Open Access alongside commercial channels. With the many recent experiments to find sustainable approaches to book publishing, so have there been many questions. What is the effect on a university press of making its books available for free online? If a library digitizes out of print books and makes them available on its repository, does that bring new readers and new revenue? Is there any evidence that channels such as print on demand, downloadable e-books, and e-book aggregators might help ease the financial constraints of non-profit university-based book publishing?
This panel will attempt to answer these questions through three case studies from institutions that are breaking new ground in scholarly monograph publishing. Each will include data collected in the past year about the impact that Open Access has had on usage and sales. At Utah State University, the University Library and the USU Press (a division of the Library) have taken an active role in making backlist press books available in its open access repository, as well as in other book repositories such as HathiTrust and DOAB. The University of Michigan Press will report on the results of a number of experiments in partnership with its library’s MPublishing group to make parts of its list available as Open Access. OAPEN, a European foundation dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, will describe the effects of Open Access on usage, sales and impact from two OA book publishing pilot projects.
The goal of this panel is to help libraries, presses, and their partners with a framework and some initial data to weigh the pros and cons of various models that integrate open access, and determine which would best aligns with their institution’s needs and mission.