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Public Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust

The UK’s National Trust owns 140 libraries containing hundreds of thousands of volumes, many of them in the public domain. What would it take to make those books available to the public that owns them? Continue reading

Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct?

University presses cite a number of reasons to sell books directly to end-users. The principal reason is to establish a relationship with the customer. But once that relationship has been initiated, what business purpose does it serve? Continue reading

Learning to Read: Navigating the Ebook Reader Market

This post explores the confusing landscape of ebook readers, presenting a few of the options available along with their pros and cons. Continue reading

Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was?

A sense of gloom hangs over academic publishing these days. As library budgets are cut, and the fear of OA mandates cutting profit margins clouds publishers’ sense of their place in the world, what is it like to be a publishing professional in this era of climate change? Continue reading

CC-BY, Copyright, and Stolen Advocacy

Even with the protections of traditional copyright, an author may lose control of his original work and see it misappropriated and used for hateful ends. So is it any wonder that many authors have concerns about being required to publish under CC-BY? Continue reading

A Survey of University Presses

A survey of university presses on selling books directly from their Web sites shows that for most presses, sales hover around 1% of total volume, but a concerted effort to improve Web marketing could increase that figure to 3% or perhaps even more. Continue reading

What Library Directors Are Thinking: An Ithaka S+R Survey Report

Ithaka S+R has just published the latest in its ongoing series of triennial library director surveys, and its findings are interesting and, in some ways, sobering. Continue reading

Everybody Wants a Netflix for Books

There will never be a “Netflix for books” if by that term one means a comprehensive collection. Book aggregations must serve the overarching needs of the publisher to generate revenue and are thus best viewed as simply one channel among many. Continue reading

Privacy and the University Press

As university presses become more involved with D2C marketing, they are going to confront the need for clearly articulated privacy policies. The time to put those policies in place is now. Continue reading

Occam’s Reader: An Interview

Interlibrary loan is a complex and difficult issue in the realm of ebooks. A new tool called Occam’s Reader hopes to simplify the process for libraries, provide better service to users, and reassure publishers worried about rights management. Continue reading

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