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.

‘Giving it away’ a textbook argument

November 12, 2009 at 9:41 am | Posted in E-Books, Monographs, Open Access | Comments Off on ‘Giving it away’ a textbook argument

‘Giving it away’ Matthew Reisz’s artcle in the THES assesses what open access means for academic monograph publishing

Compact for OA Publishing Equity

September 15, 2009 at 8:39 am | Posted in Journals Publishing, Open Access | Comments Off on Compact for OA Publishing Equity

Compact for OA Publishing Equity:

Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT and UC Berkeley have all signed up to this compact:

We the undersigned universities recognize the crucial value of the services provided by scholarly publishers, the desirability of open access to the scholarly literature, and the need for a stable source of funding for publishers who choose to provide open access to their journals’ contents. Those universities and funding agencies receiving the benefits of publisher services should recognize their collective and individual responsibility for that funding, and this recognition should be ongoing and public so that publishers can rely on it as a condition for their continuing operation.

Therefore, each of the undersigned universities commits to the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds. We encourage other universities and research funding agencies to join us in this commitment, to provide a sufficient and sustainable funding basis for open-access publication of the scholarly literature.”

MIT Press Will Focus More on E-Books; University Presses See Ten Percent Drop in Book Sales

April 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Posted in E-Books, Monographs | Comments Off on MIT Press Will Focus More on E-Books; University Presses See Ten Percent Drop in Book Sales

As the transition from print publication to digital publication of scholarly work becomes more prevalent, university presses are being forced to adapt their business plans to appeal to the new electronic demand.
A recent survey published by the American Association of University Presses estimates an average 10 percent loss in sales and revenue between July and December 2008.

As a result of declining earnings, university presses are also starting to take different approaches to their business models. For instance, Yale University Press plans to cut back on printing and focus more on their new e-book program.

In today’s soft economy, the e-book system has acted as a way out of financial shortcomings

The University of Michigan Press, however, has reacted differently by reestablishing itself as a sub-organization of the university’s library. In effect, the press will receive funding as an academic department, lessening the pressure to follow a profitable business model.

(Via The Tech – MIT’s Student Newspaper.)

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