State of Open Monograph Series: Author Attitudes Toward Open Access is the most recent article by Peter Potter, Publishing Director in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, a series of which he is posting on the Digital Science website. This latest article is about author attitudes to Open Access publishing. In it ,Mr. Potter explores questions like: What do those who write scholarly books actually think about open access? Why do they decide to (or not to) publish OA? And how is their experience with OA shaping the way they think about communicating their research?..”
Rebuilding and Reinventing the Book Business Sustainably was posted on the Publisher Weekly website and features “a trio of booksellers from a variety of stores as well as a documentarian of reading trends discussing what ails the industry as well as what has to be done to make it more sustainable at a PubTech Connect session….” Participants included “Uli Beutter Cohen of Subway Book Review; Andy Hunter of Bookshop.org. Jackie De Leo of B&N; Hannah Oliver Depp of Loyalty Bookstores; and moderator, PW’s Ed Nawotka…”
A World Elsewhere: PLOS’s Community Action Publishing Model was posted on Scholarly Kitchen by Joe Esposito and Michael Clarke. It discusses how PLOS “with its announcement of Community Action Publishing (CAP), the company is now seeking to move its two highly selective Gold open access (OA) journals, PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology, to a new model in which universities agree to underwrite the costs of publishing for their faculty, if they should choose to publish their work with PLOS (and if PLOS’s editors will have them). While the details of the program are interesting in themselves, of greater moment is the aim, captured in the word “community,” to create a system outside the demand-driven marketplace…”
University staff urge probe into e-book pricing ‘scandal’ was posted on the BBC website and reports that more than 2,500 UK university staff have called for an investigation into the “scandal” of excessive pricing of academic e-books…”
“Price rises are common, sudden and appear arbitrary” with some digital books increasing by 200%, they say in a letter to Education Committee MPs. Organiser Johanna Anderson said some e-texts can cost 10 times print copies, with taxpayers and students the losers. Publishers say the costs are due to the different formats and shared-use…”
Are Public Libraries in Decline? appears in Publishers Weekly and features an interview with book industry veteran Tim Coates, who in the Freckle Report 2020, offers a sobering, data-driven view of the state of public libraries in the U.S. and the U.K. In his analysis of public library data (completed before the world was forced to shelter in place) Mr. Coates suggests that public libraries face a potentially dark future without intervention.