Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.


OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

Titles are available in English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and other languages.  The peer reviewed titles are submitted by a variety of publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave, Brill, Berg and a long list of university presses, including Hong Kong, Manchester, Firenze, Amsterdam, and Universitätsverlag Göttingen.   According to the OAPEN September newsletter, they had over 400,000 downloads in the past 12 months.

All books in the OAPEN Library can be found through WorldCat – (OCLC platform, and WorldCat Local).

Libraries can also add the titles to their catalog for additional discovery. The OAPEN enables libraries and aggregators to use the metadata of all available titles in the OAPEN Library. Metadata is (or will be soon) available in the formats mentioned below. OAPEN does request that users inform them upon use of the metadata.  (If you really like metadata, you’ll find 2 titles in the OAPEN collection about the topic.)

Formats include:

MARCXML – based on MARC 21 XML Schema
CSV – comma delimited text file
XML – optimised for import in Excel
XML – deleted records

All metadata feeds are available under a CC0 1.0 license.”

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