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RE: Does free lead to paid?
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- Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:37:09 EDT
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As Sandy Thatcher has pointed out, there are significant differences between academic books and trade books. The key difference, from my perspective, is the purpose of the book. For academic books, the purpose for writing, very similar to articles, is to disseminate new knowledge. The difference in access between open access and today's typical academic book print run of a few hundred copies is huge. In other words, the important criterion for success of an academic book is not whether access is "paid", but whether the book is read. Heather Morrison, MLIS PhD Student, SFU School of Communication The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com
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