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Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of their scholarly books?
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- From: Heather Morrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:06:52 EST
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At ELPUB 2008, Greco & Wharton presented a compelling case for why university presses should adopt an OA model for all of their scholarly books - a case based entirely on economics, not philosophy. Greco & Wharton present analysis showing how a small press releasing 20 Open Access books would generate $128,511. in profit; a large press releasing 100 titles would generate $642,555.00 in profit (p. 11). This is based on a processing fee approach (G&W use the term author- pays), with $250 as a preliminary charge, and $10,000 on final publication. This is for electronic text, with print-on-demand. At first, this figure seems high, and I was quite sceptical. The more I think about it, the more sense this makes. Like journals, the primary market for scholarly books is academic libraries. Instead of paying to purchase for very limited access (in print, only one reader at a time - or none, if the book disappears), why not work together to pay for production of a book for open access? For further analysis and links, please see The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, at: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com/2008/10/should-university-presses- adopt-oa.html Any opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of the author alone, and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library. Heather Morrison, MLIS The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com
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