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The Authors Guild Loses (Again), and HathiTrust Wins–But What Does It Mean?

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust over the latter’s massive library of digitized print books has been dismissed by the Second Circuit Court. What does this mean for libraries, authors, and readers? Continue reading

How to Shoot the Moon with D2C Sales

In order to build direct-to-consumer sales, university presses should consider streamlining their publishing programs and focus on a small number of subject areas, even just a single area. Continue reading

Trust But Verify — Identity Fraud and Exploitation of the Trust Economy in Scholarly Publishing

A ruse to self-review and self-recommend papers for publication leads to 60 retractions. Can we find a way to prevent this kind of identity fraud and its consequences? Continue reading

Implementing CHORUS: Big Decisions Loom for Publishers

While US federal agencies are preparing guidelines for making papers that result from federal funding publicly available, publishers should be discussing their response and how to implement the mandates. Continue reading

Stick To Your Ribs: Ask the Chefs: “Are We a Service Industry Or a Product Industry?”

Revisiting a 2012 post to ask, do journal authors really give their articles away for free to publishers? Continue reading

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it?

A short video explaining the costs that go into producing a book, and how little difference there is in those costs between electronic and print books. Continue reading

Doing and Undoing the Homework

Jill Lepore’s dismissal of Clayton Christensen misses the point. Disruptive technology and Christensen’s method of identifying it are very real elements of the marketplace, though the truth of this is often obscured by some of the silly advocates of disruption. Continue reading

What Societies Really Think About Open Access

What do societies really think about Open Access? A recent survey, though small, provides some initial answers… Continue reading

Hit the Road — How a Forgettable Paper and a Misguided Publisher Created an Unnecessary Controversy

The censorship scandal at Taylor & Francis has wrapped up, and the lessons are as obvious as you think. Continue reading

The Daily Show: Glass Half Empty

The Daily Show goes after the “glassholes”. Continue reading

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