The good people at COPIM have [officially announced]( the [Open Book Collective](

> 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](—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]( publishers (of which []( is a member).