Digital online access will become the norm

April 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Open Access, Print on Demand (PoD) | Leave a comment

Interesting post to the liblicense list by Colin Steele.

The challenge for twenty-first century scholarship, which
includes e- books, is to implement an infrastructure for the
digital world untrammelled by the historical legacies in the
frameworks and costings of print culture. In academic monograph
and textbook production, digital online access will become the
norm, more often than not supplemented by data and multimedia
additions. Print ,however, will not die, given the likely
explosion of cheap POD outlets. Readers will still be able to
judge a book by its POD cover.

E-book futures are still clearly evolving and cost and ease of
access will be crucial issues. A discernible trend is, however,
emerging with open access e-book environments. If e-outputs and
their impacts become embedded in promotion and tenure and
research assessment exercises, then more institutions will assume
responsibility for harvesting and providing global access to
their scholarship, scholarship that combines authority with
public accessibility. A suitable vision for the twenty first
century? ‘Let those who are not old, – who are still young,
ponder this well’ (Trollope, 1866)”

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