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
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Sydney UP
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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.

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