Category Archives: Open Access launching now – five campaigns are open

Congratulations to everyone at on the official launch.

May 17, 2012 — ( is launching on May 17, 2012, at noon EDT, with campaigns for books from five initial authors and publishers:

  • Michael Laser, 6-321
  • Joseph Nassise, Riverwatch
  • Nancy Rawles, Love Like Gumbo
  • Budding Reader, Cat and Rat
  • Open Book Publishers, Oral Literature in Africa, by Ruth Finnegan. is a crowdfunding site that lets book lovers pay authors and publishers to make their already-published books free to the world under a Creative Commons license.  If supporters pledge an amount chosen by the books’ rights holders before a given deadline, those books will be released as “unglued” ebook editions.  For these campaigns, deadlines vary from approximately two to six months, and funding goals from approximately $5,000 to $25,000. Continue reading launching now – five campaigns are open

U of Minnesota launches catalog of open source books, will pay faculty to review

A very interesting development at the University of Minnesota was discussed in an article found at Inside Higher Ed.  Here’s a clip from the article:  Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted open-source texts will also receive $500, with all of the money coming from donor funds. to launch on May 17 at 12 noon EDT

From an email:  So: here it is.  On May 17, at 12 noon EDT, will launch its first set of campaigns.

Between now and then we’ll be eyeballs-deep in code and paperwork, running the final tests on our payment processing system, applying some last-minute usability and design tweaks, and working with our rights holders to build their campaigns. We’ll have at least one test campaign; follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you want to help us out.

So far, there are four books signed off for launch with a few more possibles, and we are so eager to unveil them. We hope you’ll be thrilled to support them. Continue reading to launch on May 17 at 12 noon EDT

World Bank releases the Open Knowledge Repository with open access and creative commons licensing

Big news from the World Bank.  They have launched their Open Knowledge Repository and will support open access and creative commons licensing for much of its research and publications.  Here is more from a news article on the World Bank site:

April 10, 2012 – Two years after opening its vast storehouse of data to the public, the World Bank is consolidating more than 2,000 books, articles, reports and research papers in a search-engine friendly Open Knowledge Repository, and allowing the public to distribute, reuse and build upon much of its work—including commercially. Continue reading World Bank releases the Open Knowledge Repository with open access and creative commons licensing

Articles of Interest

E-Books Drive Revenue Growth Across Book Trade in January 2012 – Digital Book World

JK Rowling’s Pottermore Breaks eBook Lockdown, Might Change eBooks Forever – Huffington Post

LG Begins Mass Production of first flexible , plastic eInk displays – Extreme Tech

An Academic Spring – American Libraries

A Look at Students using eTextbooks (Infographic) – eBOOKNEWSER

Bringing up a Young Reader on E-Books – New York Times

Will Hatchette Be The First Big-6 Publisher toDrop DRM on E-books? –

Going Digital Does Not Lower Textbook Prices – Inside Higher Education

Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe

The Hague, February 29, 2012

A new service for Open Access Monographs: the Directory of Open Access Books.

OAPEN is pleased to announce a new service for Open Access monographs: the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). DOAB will provide a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an Open Access business model, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository. The beta version of the service will contain publications of a selected number of academic publishers. The beta version will be made public early spring 2012.

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers will be invited to provide the metadata of their Open Access books to the DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, thereby helping scholars, students and the general public to discover the books. The directory will be open to all academic publishers and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these books are peer reviewed and published in Open Access. DOAB will determine requirements for publishers to qualify as Open Access academic book publishers and will maintain a certification procedure. Continue reading Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe

DeGruyter acquires Versita, increasing their open-access publishing business

News from DeGruyter on a recent acquisition of Versita, an open access publisher. More from the press release:
Berlin, January 9, 2012

De Gruyter, the Berlin-based academic publishing company, is acquiring the publisher Versita. As a service provider to academic organizations and bodies, Versita publishes over 230 journals on Open Access basis, i.e. outside the traditional subscription model. With this acquisition De Gruyter is substantially increasing its presence in an important future market of academic publishing. The complete staff of Versita is being retained in this take-over. Continue reading DeGruyter acquires Versita, increasing their open-access publishing business

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out

Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library|

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits|

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

No Shelf Required’s two new publications

No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries.  Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name.  These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below.  For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.

The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing.  This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8)  issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon).  Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading No Shelf Required’s two new publications

Creative Commons Licensing – Options explained by Eric Hellman

Eric Hellman, creator of the Go To Hellman blog and the new open access service, has written several detailed blog posts about creative commons licensing.

A clip from his first blog posts offers some context:  “Have you ever wondered whether Anonymous can use an Creative Commons attribution license? The Answer is YES, Attribution licenses ARE useful, even for Anonymous.  In the process of developing the service, we’ve had to study licenses and decide which ones are best for ungluing ebooks. Since supporters will be putting up real money to relicense the books (making them free to the world), the details of the license need to be spelled out clearly, upfront.

It’s a big topic with lots of considerations, so I’m going to write about our choices in three pieces. We’ll be using the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND) License for most of the books that we unglue. This post will focus on the easiest choice- the attribution part. Even with attribution, there are some tricky bits.”

The links below offer the full post:

Go To Hellman: Creative Commons – BY (Attribution)

Go To Hellman: Creative Commons – NC (Non-Commercial)

Go To Hellman:  Creative Commons – ND (No Derivatives)