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Re: Should university presses adopt an OA model for all of theirscholarly books?

Sorry, the URL for Colin Day's paper didn't get transmitted in the
earlier message. It is

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.
>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:
>Sandy Thatcher
>Penn State University Press