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Re: UK's Unbound Lets A-listers, Aspirants Pitch for Cash to Publish

Yes, but it does help lend credibility to the idea that a 
crowd-funding model could be successfully used for scholarly book 
publishing.  Thanks, Eric, for this interesting analysis of three 
different approaches in this vein.

Sandy Thatcher

>It's worth noting that there are no open-access aspects to
>Unbound. The publisher still sells the books; it just outsources
>the advance.
>On Sep 2, 2011, at 9:30 PM, Sandy Thatcher wrote:
>>  At last year's Charleston Conference I gave a talk titled "Back
>>  to the Future" in which I promoted the idea of crowdsource
>>  financing as one way toward moving scholarly book publishing
>>  toward an open-access model. The paper I later published in
>>  Against the Grain (Feb. 2011) is available here:
>>  http://www.psupress.org/news/SandyThatchersWritings.html
>>  I'm delighted to see that this idea is beginning to be put into
>>  practice, albeit not specifically in scholarly publishing.
>>  Sandy Thatcher