The Read-and-Publish Funding Lockdown

From the superb, just-released COPIM report on collective funding models, which interviewed academic librarians: According to some of our respondents, the funds potentially available to support library membership programmes were also being squeezed by the rise of...

‘Scaffolding a Shift to a Values-driven Open Books Ecosystem’

Emily Farrell, in a Scholarly Kitchen post: Monographs, by their nature as specialized texts, often see low usage. Scholarly publishers are aware that in order to support a diverse program of scholarship, it can be necessary to subsidize, in part, long-form works that...

Richard Poynder’s New Ebook

The indisensable OA observer Richard Poynder dropped another hefty ebook (163 pages!), Information Wants To Be Free, in December. From Poynder’s post introducing the book: While what I say might be slightly overweight in European developments, it may not matter...

Diamond and Gold

From the press release announcing the exciting merger of Open Library of Humanities and Birkbeck College: The OLH is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher (articles are freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication) with no...