The future of printed academic books

nu-information-services-park-373If you haven’t previously read ‘The Conversation‘ then let me introduce you to this excellent blog with this post on the future of academic print books.

Written by Donald Barclay, Deputy University Librarian at the University of California Merced, the article highlights the impact of falling budgets and rising prices on academic book sales and proposes the open access monograph as a viable alternative.  But first, he argues, academic distrust of digital publication has to be overcome…

So, what does the future look like? Will academia’s traditional devotion to print and legendary resistance to change kill off long-form scholarship? Or will academia allow itself to move from print-format scholarly books to an open-access digital model that could save, and very likely rejuvenate, long-form scholarship?

Read more here: Academic print books are dying. What’s the future?

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Posted on November 19, 2015, in Library and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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