The Open Access Books Network is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. Researchers, publishers, librarians, infrastructure providers — indeed, anyone who is interested — can discuss any aspect of OA books here. This group was begun by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe.
DISCUSSION — contribute to any of the discussion threads, or start your own!
SITE — check out our latest blog posts, and get in touch (email@example.com) to propose a post on any aspect of OA books.
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DOCS — go here for collaborative documents on OA book projects and resources.
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Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Hi all, next Thursday (17th November) at 3pm GMT we’re looking forward to speaking with OABN stalwart Eric Hellman at our next boOkmArks event, about his work with Project Gutenberg and Distributed Proofreaders and how these experiences have informed his perspectives on the early days of open access and more recent developments in OA books.
by Eric Hellman
Eric spoke on Thursday 17th November at 3pm GMT about his work with Project Gutenberg and Distributed Proofreaders, and how these experiences have informed his perspectives on the early days of […]
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
Hi all, next week we’re really looking forward to talking to Christina Drummond and Lucy Montgomery to discuss the OAeBU Usage Data project and the new developments the work will take over the coming years:
Wednesday 9th November, 1pm GMT, ‘Open Access Usage Data: Present Knowledge, Future Developments’: Sign up here!
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hi all, join us for an OA Week event on climate justice and open access books on Tuesday next week:
25th October, 3pm BST, ‘Lowering the Barriers to Climate Research: Climate Change and OA Books’: during Open Access Week, we’ll bring together a panel including authors, publishers and campaigners to discuss the impact of open access books relat…[Read more]
This article attempts to comprehend the current issues and hurdles that Indian colleges affiliated with Tamil Nadu State Universities encounter when trying to subscribe to a software that detects plagiarism. The study’s goals are to determine whether colleges employ anti-plagiarism software, whether they ensure that their student-given a…[Read more]
Lucy Barnes edited the post News from the Open Access Books Network: forthcoming events, a new look for the website and more in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
A screenshot of our new-look website
September is over, the leaves are turning and the OABN coordinators can no longer pretend that it’s still summer – so we write with updates and ann […]
Martins Uze E. Tugbokorowei deposited Obiorah Momife and the Sojourn of Garlands in a Tempestuous World: A Review of So Far Away, Eyes of the One Who Loves and Where Two Roads Meet by Obiorah Momife in the group Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
A review of three poetry collections by Obiorah Momife titled So Far Away, Eyes of the One Who Loves and Where Two Roads Meet. The three books contain some of the most pungent poems penned by any poet in contemporary Nigeria. They are witty and engaging just as they inspire the reader to take steps to change the present decadent situation that…[Read more]
Jisc is organising a webinar series on the topic of open access books related to the forthcoming UKRI open access policy. Please find more details below and don’t hesitate to register if interested!
Hi everyone, we are looking for a new team member that will help us with managing a Horizon Europe funded project about research funder policies and strategies for open access books across Europe and beyond.
We are looking for a colleague with skills and experience in project management and communication. Knowledge of the subject matter is not…[Read more]
It’s great to have this channel here. I’ve included a link to it in the new proposed guidelines Crossref has issued for making DOI links accessible. It’s not specific to books but I hope it’s of interest. It’s a call for comments so we’re very interested in getting…[Read more]
Dear OABN members,
On behalf of the H2020 project reCreating Europe and COMMUNIA, we would like to invite the OABN community to the expert workshop on “Copyright Flexibilities: mapping, explaining, e […]
I read the report. The Association of University Presses finds that University Presses are providing great value and that their average cost per book is 20,000$. Of these, 15,000$ are covered by subsidies and the rest via prints sales etc.
They report 50% of book costs are overhead and acquisition. Work directly related to the creation of a book…[Read more]
OPERAS is hiring a Community Manager to facilitate community consultation and engagement related to Open Access eBook Usage (OAeBU) data. https://www.operas-eu.org/calls-and-job-opportunities/community-manager-oa-ebook-usage-oaebu-data-trust/
A significant new report has come out from TOME: Report: The Cost to Publish TOME Monographs https://aupresses.org/news/report-the-cost-to-publish-tome-monographs/
I am looking forward to reading this closely and suspect it might generate some discussion! I’d be interested to hear any thoughts anybody has.
Nigeria as a developing country is on the fast track to the attainment of development, or supposedly so. In this endeavour, priority is inevitably placed on science and technology as the only routes for the attainment of this dream. Such one track minded disposition is mouthed to the exclusion of other factors that contribute to the development of…[Read more]
The drama of the Niger Delta region has enjoyed robust scholarship. This essay interrogates J. P. Clark-Bekederemo’s drama against the cultural milieu of the region and tries to investigate the connections between the rich folklore of the area and the wealth of poetry and imagery contained in his drama. The essay investigates the terrain,…[Read more]
ACLS is hiring a Project Manager, Higher Education Initiatives: Publishing Initiatives (2-year term) based in New York, to ‘focus on instigating changes in the book publishing ecosystem that would strengthen the goals of the mission-driven constituencies involved, while addressing the risk factors and constituents’ concerns that currently stand a…[Read more]
The spread of the Omicron variant this winter was met with renewed calls for the UK Government to fund the arts and culture through the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic and beyond. ‘We are in crisis mode’, Nicolas Hytner, former artistic director of the National Theatre, told the BBC’s Newsnight programme. ‘We need to see short-term finance, we need to see loa…[Read more]
Sharing on behalf of the IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group: The IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group is seeking proposals for 5-minute lightning talks to be presented at its Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2022 in Dublin, Ireland.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited…[Read more]
Open Position: The OAPEN Foundation is looking for a Project Manager to help with promoting and supporting the transition to open access for academic books. Responsibilities include participation in project activities, supporting technical operations, services and assisting with financial administration of the foundation. Full-time…[Read more]
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