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.
Libraries and legacy publishers are in an unholy embrace. They need not love each other to feel they should stick together.
Publishers have shown themselves to be resourceful, navigating troubled waters to growth and profitability.
Society publishers resist the sale of their publications to bidders from the commercial world because they view the publications as a central component of the society itself.
Research publishers may acquire textbook publishers in order to increase market share in libraries with inclusive access programs