Category Archives: Open Access

Unglue.it releases two more free ebooks

Really pleased to see additional books becoming unglued through the Unglue.it crowdfunding program.  Congrats to all involved.

January 21, 2013 — Unglue.it, the crowdfunding website for Creative Commons licensed ebooks, has funded and released two more free ebooks, now available for download.

The most recent “unglued book” is So You Want to Be a Librarian, by Lauren Pressley and published by Library Juice Press. It’s aimed at students and others who want to know whether a career in librarianship might be right for them. “It seems fitting that a book about a rapidly changing profession should make use of a cutting edge funding and distribution mechanisms”, said Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind Unglue.it. “Pressley’s book can now evolve in the public common and serve new generations of librarians.” Continue reading Unglue.it releases two more free ebooks

Open Access eBooks Part Five – Knowledge Unlatched

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.

Today’s post is about Knowledge Unlatched.

Knowledge Unlatched is not yet an eBook collection, but an initiative to bring open access eBooks to fruition though the collaborative efforts of authors, publishers, and libraries.  It is an idea from Dr. Frances Pinter, Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched.  I first heard about this initiative two years ago at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference.  I spoke to Frances later and our recorded interview is available on the NSR interviews page. The initiative has grown since then and a three-year pilot project will begin in 2013.

Continue reading Open Access eBooks Part Five – Knowledge Unlatched

Open Access eBooks Part Four – CLACSO

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.

Today’s post is about CLACSO.  This collection was brought to my attention by Dominique Babini.  She said, “CLACSO-Latin America Social Science Council´s open access and interoperable institutional repository offers open access to the full-text of a collection of 692 books published by CLACSO. It is a joint program of the editorial team and library team in CLACSO.   The intitutional repository is built in an open source software platform Greenstone and has a total of 30.000 full-texts.”

From the website:  Due to our firm purpose of contributing to the dissemination of academic production by member centers and programs that make up CLACSO, we have created an Online Libraries Network which operates in a cooperative, decentralized manner, and respectful of the open access philosophy. Such network aims at increasing the impact of said production on education, research, social actors and society as a whole. 


It offers free open access to the following services:

  • Reading Room with full digitized texts of clippings, working documents, books, papers, and thesis published by member centers and programs at CLACSO
  • Multimedia Portal Site (links to audiovisual productions, online radios, audio files, and photographic galleries elaborated by CLACSO’s Member Centers)
  • News and resources : information, handbooks and free software, useful to libraries and/or digital repositories

 

Open Access eBooks Part One – The OAPEN
Open Access eBooks Part Two – SciELO

Open Access eBooks Part Three – DOAB

 

Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

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 Directory of Open Access Books – The DOAB – is a service of the OAPEN Foundation.  As of Monday evening, they provided the metadata for 1217 peer reviewed, academic, open access ebooks from 33 publishers.  I featured the OAPEN on Monday in my open access post.  The difference between these two services is that the DOAB contains only the metadata.  The full-text must be downloaded from various publisher sites (links are provided).  The OAPEN on the other hand, provides the metadata and full-text of the titles.

Continue reading Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

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 Two – SciELO Books

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 Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

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 Unglue.it is back with 5 new campaigns

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 De Gruyter announces one platform for digital content

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

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 Unglue.it announces the availability of Oral Literature in Africa