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Re: Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of theirscholarly books?
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- Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 10:02:04 EST
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Sorry, the URL for Colin Day's paper didn't get transmitted in the earlier message. It is http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/specscholmono/day.shtml Sandy Thatcher Penn State University Press >Toby and Joe have provided some useful correctives. I composed >the following reply before reading theirs, but agree with what >they say. (Foreign sales for U.S. presses generall average in a >range from 5% to 20%, depending on the composition of a press's >list; some types of books travel overseas much better than >others--e.g., the regional books that many state university >presses publish have virtually no market overseas. By contrast, >the foreign sales of British-based academic presses are often a >least 40%, with a sizeable chunk of that being the U.S. market.) >Here is my reply: > >The paper by Greco and Wharton is indeed interesting, but at >least as much for what it gets wrong as what it gets right. The >authors claim to have talked with "leaders at more than 50 U.S. >university presses," but oddly they didn't approach me even >though I was president of the AAUP during the time they must have >been writing this paper. > >It will take more than a brief message on this list to point out >all the ways in which their analysis is off the mark, but as I am >always looking for topics to discuss in my column for Against the >Grain, these authors have provided me with good material for a >future article there. > [SNIP] > >For my money, the better information (even though somewhat dated) >on what it costs to publish monographs in print and in electronic >forms still can be found in two papers delivered by press >directors Marlie Wasserman (Rutgers) and Colin Day (then at >Michigan) at an ARL/AAUP/ACLS conference in 1997. Here are the >URLs for those papers: >http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/specscholmono/wasserman.shtml > >Sandy Thatcher >Penn State University Press
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