The good people at COPIM have [officially announced](https://copim.pubpub.org/pub/introducing-the-open-book-collective/release/1%0A) the [Open Book Collective](https://www.copim.ac.uk/workpackage/wp2/):

> The collective will bring together OA publishers, OA publishing service providers, libraries, and other research institutions to create a new, mutually supportive ecosystem for the thriving of OA book publishing. At the heart of the work of the Open Book Collective (OBC) will be a new platform. This platform will make it far quicker and easier for libraries and others to financially support different OA publishers and service providers via membership offerings.

The in-progress platform, when it's unveiled this summer, will be the best example of what I've called [mission-aligned funding exchange](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/erpw9udj/release/3)—where funders provide direct support to OA publishers, bypassing the author-excluding APC/BPC. One especially exciting facet of the design is that the Collective will support publication bundles, including the [ScholarLed](https://scholarled.org) publishers (of which [mediastudies.press](https://www.mediastudies.press) is a member).