Category Archives: Open Access

Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

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.

I first learned about SciELO Books (Scientific Electronic Library Online) when I traveled to Brazil last month for the SNBU Conference.  This open ebook collection was just launched in March of 2012.  It is based on the successful SciELO open access journal collection.  The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

From the website:  “The SciELO Books Portal publishes national and thematic collections of academic books online with the objective of maximizing the visibility, accessibility, use and impact of the research results, essays and studies that are published in them. The books published by SciELO Books are selected by a scientific committee following a peer review process. The digital versions of the books are formatted according to international standards that allow for access and citation controls, and that permit the books to be read on the widest possible variety of ebook readers, tablets, smartphones and internet browsers. Apart from the SciELO Books Portal itself, the books can be found via search engines. They will also become available through other international distribution channels.” Continue reading

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.

 

The OAPEN
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. Continue reading

Unglue.it is back with 5 new campaigns

I’m happy to see that Unglue.it is back in business with a new payment provider, Stripe.  Eric Hellman announced five new title campaigns as well, including one by fellow librarian, Lauren Pressley.  More information is below in the press release.

October 15, 2012 – Two months after being forced to shut down by Amazon Payments, Unglue.it is relaunching today with a new payments provider, Stripe, and ungluing campaigns for five books.

Unglue.it is a crowdfunding platform that supports authors and publishers in releasing free editions of their books. After successfully raising $7500 to make Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 classic Oral Literature in Africa free to the world, they were forced to suspend their remaining campaigns when Amazon changed its policies on supporting crowdfunding companies. Continue reading

De Gruyter announces one platform for digital content

The following is a press release received from De Gruyter:

Integrated Publishing at the De Gruyter Group: All Digital Content at One Platform
De Gruyter Online now features all content from Birkhäuser and the open-access publisher Versita

Berlin, 2 October 2012 – Over 450,000 e-books and e-journal contributions, over 15 million database entries, and some 17,000 open-access journal articles are available as of today at De Gruyter Online. “The integration of Birkhäuser and Versita content is the capstone of our platform migration,” says Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter. “Now customers can access all publications from one platform, including all content from De Gruyter and from our partners Harvard University Press and Sellier European Law Publishers. Beginning in 2013, the platform will also feature content from the publishing houses Böhlau and Otto Schmidt.” Continue reading

Interview with John Seguin, President & Chief Librarian of Third Iron, who recently released the iPad app, BrowZine

Last week, I posted a press release from Third Iron, a company founded by a librarian, John Seguin.  Third Iron released an iPad app called BrowZine.  This app allows patrons the ability to browse open access journals and library subscription journals (library subscription required) and keep track of articles on individual devices.  As was stated in the Press Release, “BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad.  With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal.”

I spoke to John to get more information on how BrowZine works, which you can listen to in our interview. John’s interview, and 50 others, are on the NSR interviews page. Continue reading

Unglue.it announces the availability of Oral Literature in Africa

From an email message sent by the Unglue.it team:  Thanks to your support, the unglued edition of Oral Literature in Africa is now available for download. You can get your copy from the same place you supported its creation, the Unglue.it book page. It’s available in pdf, epub (iBooks, Nook, Kobo), and mobi (Kindle) formats.

We want to hear your stories about how you’re reading, sharing, remixing, and enjoying Oral Literature in Africa. (Remember, the CC BY license means you have permission to copy, distribute, translate, and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the book to Ruth Finnegan.)

Now it’s your turn to do something special with it- and let us know about it! Are you a programmer? You can fork it on github. Post your ideas to Facebook, Google+, Flickr, Instagram, or Youtube with the tag OLAunglued, or tweet with #OLAunglued, and we’ll include them in a Storify visualizer .   Continue reading

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

From an Unglue.it press release, very disappointing news. I have no doubt that Eric and his team will find an alternative solution very soon.

“Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns.” announced Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind crowdfunding site Unglue.it.  According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
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Project Gutenberg adds 40,000 title

Congrats to Project Gutenberg on adding it’s 40,000th title.  Hat tip to @paulkbiba for the news.

From the PG site:

With little fanfare, Project Gutenberg reached #40000 in its eBook series; Extinct Birds: an attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times: that is, within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction, by Walter Rothschild. Continue reading

Unglue.it celebrates the first successful campaign

Congrats to everyone at Unglue.it for the first successful campaign.  Here is the official press release:

Two hundred and fifty-nine supporters pledged a total of $7,578 to a campaign to “unglue” Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 classic, “Oral Literature in Africa”. The campaign, which lasted 33 days, topped the campaign’s target at 12:30AM EDT on June 20 with a little under two days to spare. As a result the book will be issued as an ebook with a Creative Commons Attribution license, opening it up to free use and reuse by scholars and readers around the world.

Unglue.it, the website that hosted the campaign, launched on May 17th with the goal of “giving ebooks to the world”.  Unglue.it allows rights holders of already published books to present “ungluing campaigns”. Site members can then pledge towards making the book available as Creative Commons licensed ebooks. If the campaign meets its goal, the ebook becomes freely available to everyone. Continue reading

SAGE and UNC Greensboro partner on open access

It’s interesting to see more academic libraries using funds to subsidize author fees for open access journals. I expect this trend to continue.  Below is another example between SAGE and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, from the press release:

Los Angeles, CA (June 20, 2012) SAGE and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNC Greensboro) have announced a partnership designed to encourage social science and humanities faculty and students at the university to publish in SAGE Open. Launched by SAGE in 2011, SAGE Open is the first peer-reviewed, broad-based “Gold” open access social science and humanities journal.

UNC Greensboro will subsidize the author fee for 30 accepted papers to SAGE Open at a discounted rate. SAGE will reach out to UNC Greensboro faculty and students to let them know about the subsidized fees. Additionally, SAGE will handle the billing and accounting for the fees so that it is a seamless transaction for UNC Greensboro authors. Continue reading