Responding to the credit crunch: What now for librarians and libraries?

March 26, 2010 at 11:47 am | Posted in Libraries | Leave a comment

ALPSP has released the results of its survey of librarians entitled ‘Responding to the credit crunch: What now for librarians and libraries?‘. The survey attracted 173 respondents from 14 countries (58% of respondents were from the US, 17% from the UK).

Key points are:

There is a strong desire among librarians to move away from print-on-paper journals. 90% of librarians responding either strongly agreed or agreed that they would like to move more journal titles to electronic only with only 2% disagreeing.

The main reasons for librarians wishing to move to electronic-only access provision for journals are the low usage of the print version of journal, to take advantage of any saving on subscription price and to save shelving space.

The main reason cited by librarians for not moving more journals to electronic only is that it is not offered by the publisher, with concerns over perpetual access (post cancellation access) a close second.

‘Big Deals’
There are strong pro- and anti-‘Big Deal’ groups of librarians, but the evidence is that the proportion of journals purchased as part of a Big Deal will increase in 2010, with a corresponding decrease in the number of journals purchased as single subscriptions. (Big Deals are > 90% purchased through consortia.) Confusingly, however, there are also signs of higher rates of cancellation or downgrading of deals by existing Big-Deal subscribers.

Economics Consultants to Examine Bloc Payment Mechanisms for Online Journals : JISC

March 26, 2010 at 11:41 am | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing | Leave a comment

JISC Collections invites proposals to explore the metrics that could be used for the redistribution of costs between all the libraries participating in bloc purchase and to create a model that demonstrates the cost benefits of participating in a bloc purchase.  In this context a ‘bloc’ could be all of the higher education institutions in a country, Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland or any combination of institutions in those countries, or indeed all of the UK higher education institutions in the UK.

Economics Consultants to Examine Bloc Payment Mechanisms for Online Journals : JISC

Online/On-Demand Roundup

March 26, 2010 at 11:36 am | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Monographs, Print on Demand (PoD) | Leave a comment

Sydney UP
“Sydney University Press was restarted in 2003 as a digital and print “on demand” publisher. Books can be ordered from the SUP website and are printed and dispatched as required.”

Rice UP
“Users will be able to view the content online for free or purchase a copy of the book for download through the Rice University Press Web site. Alternatively, thanks to Connexions’ partnership with on-demand printer QOOP, users will be able to order printed books if they want, in every style from softbound black-and-white on inexpensive paper to leather-bound full-color hardbacks on high-gloss paper. ‘As with a traditional press, our publications will be peer-reviewed, professionally vetted and very high quality,’ Henry said. ‘But the choice to have a printed copy will be up to the customer.’…”

Manchester UP
“MUP currently has about 110 ebooks, sold through various channels, and has plans to digitise a further 300 to 400 books. Furthermore MUP currently has around 150 titles regularly reprinting as Print on Demand.”

Univ. of Pittsburgh Press
“The University of Pittsburgh Press has made 500 out-of-print titles open access with a future fee-based print-on-demand option.”

Univ. of Michigan Press
“The University of Michigan Press is announcing today that it will shift its scholarly publishing from being primarily a traditional print operation to one that is primarily digital.

Within two years, press officials expect well over 50 of the 60-plus monographs that the press publishes each year — currently in book form — to be released only in digital editions. Readers will still be able to use print-on-demand systems to produce versions that can be held in their hands, but the press will consider the digital monograph the norm. Many university presses are experimenting with digital publishing, but the Michigan announcement may be the most dramatic to date by a major university press.”

Cornell Internet-First UP
“Just when the recording, music and publishing industries are going all-out to stop people from making their products available on the Internet, a new publishing venture at Cornell University is challenging traditional scholarly publishing by taking the opposite approach: Make the full text of a new book freely available on the Internet, and give readers the option to buy the printed book.”

amongst others … . Another developing trend is for university presses to merge with their university libraries.

Bowker reported that print-on-demand and short-run book titles grew 132% in 2008, and, for the first time, they exceeded traditional book titles.

The next logical step for the future of book publishing

March 26, 2010 at 11:34 am | Posted in Monographs, Print on Demand (PoD) | Leave a comment

Berlin-based Springer Science+Business Media has signed an agreement with Amazon’s print-on-demand arm CreateSpace through which Springer’s English-language paperback book catalogue will be made available via POD in the U.S. Springer said that in addition to moving a significant amount of its paperback selection to POD, it will also supply many new paperback titles only in POD format. ‘If a hardcover is suitable for print-on-demand, that is the format we’ll use,” said the company’s Mark Conmy. The goal, he added, is to make all of Springer’s titles available as quickly as possible.’

Syed Hasan, Springer’s president STM Sales Americas, said the POD initiative complements the publisher’s e-book program which features editions of most print titles. “This shift to an inventory-free distribution model using print-on-demand is the next logical step for the future of book publishing.

Springer Partners with CreateSpace for Print on Demand – Publishers Weekly

Cambridge Online Books

March 26, 2010 at 11:26 am | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Monographs | Leave a comment

As library and academic budgets are increasingly stretched, we
believe eBooks and content packages have a vital role to play in
delivering quality content at affordable prices

I note that the current bestseller is available as an ebook priced at $104 …

Cambridge Books Online

Sales of university press hardcover books decreased by 3.0% for the year

March 26, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in Monographs | Leave a comment

The Assn of American Publishers’ report for 2009 notes that sales of university press hardcover books decreased by 3.0% for the year and that their paperback sales were down 0.1%

AAP Report for 2009

ALPSP announces the publication of Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report

March 26, 2010 at 11:08 am | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Print on Demand (PoD) | Leave a comment

Interesting nuggets from this report include:

1 Print-on-demand is widely used, especially
by larger publishers.

2 Amazon has emerged as a major sales channel for scholarly

3 There has been a gradual move to simultaneous
publication in printed and digital form.

4 Although the e-book market has been in existence for several years it is still in a
much earlier stage than journal publishing was after a similar period.

ALPSP – Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

In preparation for when publishers stop printing books altogether

March 26, 2010 at 10:58 am | Posted in E-Books, Libraries | Leave a comment

A bold view of where we are going …

The Rocky Mountain Collegian :: Library cutting $600,000 and two positions from its budget:

Library cutting $600,000 and two positions from its budget

Amid cross-university cuts due to a deepening budget crisis, the Morgan Library will reduce its budget by $600,000 and eliminate two positions.

Other changes include a test trial of eBooks that students can access using their eID and password. Administrators’ hope is to reduce the amount of money spent on unused books and make research more convenient for students.

Burns said this move is in preparation for when publishers stop printing books altogether.

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