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Charleston Conference – Funding of Open Access Books

Dr. Frances Pinter, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic presented a new business model for the efficient and effective funding of open access “books.” (Frances presented this at the TOC conference and had an interview with me about the topic earlier in 2010 if you’d like more details.)

Dr. Pinter described her background in publishing and the focus of Bloomsbury Academic on open access publishing.

What does the academic community still want from publishers?  independent verification of quality, typesetting/editing, variety of formats, etc.  Frances also adds the “Mother-in-law” factor too, every academic wants a print copy of their magnum opus to present to their mother-in-law.

How are publishers responding?  experimentation, becoming service providers rather than gatekeepers, becoming co-creators of value

Frances compared the open access model to ice cream, stating:

  • What’s ice cream got to do with this?   plain vanilla – basic html open access publication
  • and the ice cream cone?  print book, ebook, eReader format of the publication
  • finally, the ice cream sundae?  enhanced eBook with the frills and thrills Continue reading