Editor’s Note for Reimagining the University Press [JEP Fall 2010 issue]

November 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Monographs | Comments Off on Editor’s Note for Reimagining the University Press [JEP Fall 2010 issue]

Editor’s Note for Reimagining the University Press:

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, this already tottering publishing system – while still publishing an impressive stream, both broad and deep, of scholarly books in all of the humanities and social sciences, as well as providing many of the most important analyses of the critical social, political and cultural issues for general as well as academic readers (the latter precisely the kind of books that the large US trade publishers, almost all now controlled by global media conglomerates, have been rapidly jettisoning) – had to confront arguably the greatest disruptive force of all: the accelerating and escalating digital tidal wave, which, it became quickly apparent, would overwhelm all preexisting forms of social and professional communication—while providing entirely unforeseen and massive new opportunities and resources. But this comes at a Faustian price, since such root-and-branch transformation inevitably threatens all existing publishing processes, personnel, and prerogatives as well.

As individuals at beleaguered institutions are wont to do, the initial reaction of some at university presses consisted of circling the wagons, repeatedly intoning stale mantras of self-praise, clinging to fraying publishing practices like a security blanket, and convincing themselves (or letting their benighted professional organization convince them and others) that they could ride out this technological tsunami intact, in part by clutching ferociously to the Disney-corrupted version of the print copyright regime.”

Scholarly publishers are looking at libraries right now and seeing what has always been the best and most reliable market for their products suddenly changing into a highly unreliable one.

September 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Libraries, Monographs | Comments Off on Scholarly publishers are looking at libraries right now and seeing what has always been the best and most reliable market for their products suddenly changing into a highly unreliable one.

If I Were a Scholarly Publisher:

Very interesting essay on the outlook for scholarly publishers and the academic library market:

Given the currently dire and highly unpredictable budget environment for higher education, 2010 is a rather frightening time to be a librarian. For the same reasons, this must be an absolutely terrifying time to be a scholarly publisher.

ALA 2010 report: significant spending on e-publications

May 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Libraries | Leave a comment

ALA | 2010 State of America’s Libraries Report released – Recession drives more Americans to libraries in search of employment resources; but funding lags demand:

  • Academic libraries added 20m e-books in 2008, bringing the total to about 102.5m – an increase of 59% in two years.
  • Expenditure on e- resources also increased, reported as rising from US$691.6m in fiscal year 2006 to $1bn in fiscal year 2008.
  • Google Editions

    May 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing | Leave a comment

    Good piece on Google Editions in Library Journal:

    Google Editions, Bookstore in the Cloud, Will Go Live By July – 5/6/2010 – Library Journal:

    UK Serials Group 2010 Summary

    May 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Libraries, Open Access | Leave a comment

    LiveSerials: Hannah Whaley’s UKSG summary: ”
    LiveSerials

    A number of themes started to recur through the sessions and discussions, as summarised:

  • Big deal bubble must burst, as it is unsustainable for many institutions
  • We must move further towards open access, but it is not yet clear how
  • Journal impact factor isn’t good enough anymore, we need to
    review the commentary and produce new ranking factors
  • Linked information is nearly here, allowing informal and pre-publish conversations to be viewed and measured in a structured way on the web
  • The age of the article is here, meaning metrics, usage and discoverability will increasingly be at article level rather than the ‘journal container’
  • Just-in-time must replace just-in-case, as no one can maintain a full array of items that may only occasionally be required
  • How to accomplish the transition from print-based to electronic publishing successfully

    April 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing | Leave a comment

    A thought-provoking post from Sandy Thatcher to liblicense:

    The #1 problem that book (not journal) publishers in almost all sectors face for the foreseeable future (5-10 years) is how to accomplish the transition from print-based to electronic publishing successfully.

    In the eyes of faculty, electronic versions of journals are now utterly mainstream

    April 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing | Leave a comment

    Ithaka S&R Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies:

    In the eyes of faculty, electronic versions of journals are now utterly mainstream. While print journals may continue to play a limited role for faculty with specific needs that are otherwise poorly met, digital versions are clearly the medium of choice for most faculty members, even among humanists. Bringing together the preservation and business models to wind down print publishing and collections programs wherever appropriate would probably reduce expenditures by publishers and libraries alike.

    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)”

    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
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    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
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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
    ——————————–
    “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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