Despite increasingly sophisticated library automation, the data on books in libraries is often hard to come by.
What the public wants is better science, not open science. Plan S has put those two forces in conflict, and it is driving everybody crazy.
As publishers increasingly lose control of the final stage of the publishing process, they are looking elsewhere to extract economic value. They are finding it upstream, in the various linked processes that lead to the (erstwhile) final document.
The beginning of the holiday season means it’s time for our annual list of our favorite books read during the year. Part 1 today, Part 2 tomorrow.
At the Charleston conference this year, a panel on the library’s role in providing affordable textbooks showed the way to great savings and innovation in instructional materials.
Thus the defining property of traditional publishing is editorial selection. That is what publishing is about.
Institutional and consumer markets are becoming more closely linked because of Amazon’s powerful value proposition, making it necessary for academic book publishers to create consumer services of their own.
We have had assumptions about the academic book market that probably are just not true.
Perhaps the academy has not taken control of scholarly publishing because it doesn’t want to.
The read-and-publish business model has been introduced to the U.S. by MIT and the Royal Society of Chemistry. It has implications for publishers, however, that must be studied carefully.