Free online academic eBooks increases discovery, but not sales

September 29th, 2010 · by spolanka · No Comments

An article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog summarizes a recent study done by Ronald Snijder of the Amsterdam University Press (AUP).  According to SK, “the study, appearing in the October issue of Learned Publishing, “The profits of free books: an experiment to measure the impact of open access publishing,” describes the results of an experiment in making online books freely available in Google Books and an institutional repository. ”

Clips from the original article, as found in the SK blog post -

  • “OA publishing enhances discovery and online consultation. Within the context of the experiment, no relation could be found between OA publishing and citation rates”
  • “Publishing as OA is still useful by making unaffordable books available [and yet] a sustainable business model cannot be exclusively build on extra sales generated from OA publishing”

Categories: Academic Libraries,Articles of Interest,Business Models/Pricing,Discovery,Google Books,Publishing,Surveys/Statistics

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