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ALPSP announces the publication of Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report
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- From: "Lesley Ogg \(ALPSP\)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:47:49 EST
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10 March 2010, London ALPSP has published the Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report, the findings of a survey of academic book publishers' policies and practices, authored by Laura Cox and John Cox. Scholarly Book Publishing Practice is the first ALPSP survey undertaken to establish current practices in scholarly book and e-book publishing, to provide detailed analysis and statistics in this growing market. This report develops a picture of the market as it emerges and is a starting point for further research into how publishers are treating this rapidly developing arena. A survey was conducted of 400 publishers, both commercial and non-profit, consisting of ALPSP and other major association members. A response rate of over 60% was achieved including most major academic book publishers. The publishers surveyed publish over 24,000 new titles each year. The collective backlist comprises nearly 350,000 academic and scholarly titles, covering reference, monographs, textbooks, conference reports, professional handbooks and manuals, and research reports. 63.2% of publishers publish e-books in one way or another, but they still account for a fairly small proportion of total book sales, with the average across all publishers at just 9.4%. Findings of the report cover the following topics: - The size and scope of scholarly book and e-book publishing - Printing technologies - Sales channels - Digital file creation - E-book functionality - Services to libraries - Licensing terms and conditions - Pricing and business models - E-book bundles and collections - Perpetual access and preservation - Authors' rights - Securing publishing rights - E-book revenue development - Publishers concerns the e-book market The full report provides a vast array of evidence about the current policies and practices of scholarly and academic book publishers. This report will act as a starting point for further research in mapping the practices of publishers as the e-book market continues to mature. It is hoped that it will provide clarity on a complex area which involves man more variables and permutations than is seen in the more homogenous online journal market. For further information please go to: http://www.alpsp.org/ngen_public/default.asp?ID=201 A session on Scholarly Book Publishing Practice - the ALPSP survey findings will be presented at the forthcoming ALPSP seminar: The Future of Academic Book Publishing, Thursday 18 March 2010 British Institute of Radiology, 36 Portland Place, London W1N 4AT Further information is available at: http://bit.ly/bVYXuk For further information on this summary and the full report contact: Nick Evans, Chief Operating Officer, ALPSP: email@example.com Laura Cox, Frontline GMS Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------- Lesley Ogg Senior Coordinator, Events & Information Systems Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers E: email@example.com
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