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.
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Hi John, Hi Lucy,
Many thanks to you both! The archiving approach described by Lucy and Sebastian sounds to be a good way forward (and I’ll drop Ellen a quick email as I’d be keen to hear her perspective too – thanks).
My colleague Laura at OBP confirms that our approach is similar to Sebastian’s. We:
– Archive old editions (and state ‘Archived’ on the title. See: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/1096)
– Delete prices and purchase options to avoid readers purchasing an edition that is not up to date.
– Provide back and forward links between…[Read more]
My colleague at UNC Press, Ellen Bush, has some experience with this if you wanted a university-press perspective. She can be reached at Ellen.email@example.com.
Former versions are available for reference. We provide back and forward links between the versions. Superseded book have a different cover image. We strive to have backlinks in the DOIs as well. We…[Read more]
Hello and happy new year! I was wondering if anybody has any experience in publishing new editions of open access books, and would be happy for me to get in touch about this? I have a couple of questions about best practice specifically for OA books around taking down the old edition from third-party and our platforms (or not!) and it would be…[Read more]
The OABN was officially launched in September last year, so 2021 marked both our first full calendar year and the beginning of our second twelve months of activities. It’s been a year of spreading our wings, h […]
Hi Eric, again short answer (above a certain number of characters or links my postings here unfortunately don’t seem to work): yes, we use Pandoc among others. See https://gitlab.com/sciflow/development/-/milestones and for technical questions or cooperations best contact Mr. Eichler or Mr. Borchert.
Hm somehow the posting here doesn’t work. Here in the absolutely rudimentary version: I would like to ask all publishers and editors who may be represented here in ‘Open infrastructure for OA books’ (commercial, institutional, professional societies, OJS/OMP series, series via repositories, etc.) to answer the survey on further requirements…[Read more]
Pablo Markin started the topic Hosting platforms, Open Access, Creative Commons licenses in the discussion Open Access Books Network via email on Humanities Commons 6 months ago
Hosting platforms for Open Access publications, e.g., OAPEN, differ significantly in the presence of various Creative Commons licenses through which the book titles are available in likely reflection of their take-up by the publishing industry:…[Read more]
A post from Dr Mayank Trivedi (https://hcommons.org/members/librarianhml/):
Hello, I am Dr Mayank Trivedi, working as University Librarian at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda(https://www.msubaroda.ac.in/). Smt. Hansa Mehta Library(http://www.hmlibrary.ac.in/) is the second-largest University Library of India.
My more details can be…[Read more]
Hi Kevin. Thanks for linking to the OATP tag library for “oa.dei”.
FYI, here’s the OATP tag library for the conjunction “oa.dei AND oa.publishers”:
OATP supports deep links like this to any boolean combination of tags. If you write me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)…[Read more]
This is a rather old article, but might be useful:
Do developing countries profit from free books? : Discovery and online usage in developed and developing countries compared
Journal of Electronic Publishing 2013-11 | journal-article DOI: 10.3998/3336451.0016.103
John, you might mine http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.dei for useful sources. I wish you could browse OATP by more than one tag at a time (all “oa.dei” and “oa.publishers”, for example), but I can’t figure out a way to do that. Happy digging!
The Association of University Presses is compiling resources (articles, research data, tool kits) to help look at our industry through the lenses of equity, justice, and inclusion. To that end, I’m looking for any research articles on OA that take that approach. I have found a helpful article from Roz Pyne and others called…[Read more]
This interview is one of the outputs of the online series OA Books Workouts: Scholars at Work, a project of the Open Access Books Network. The aim of the series is to share good practices regarding the writing, production, and technicalities of publishing an open access book.
The Open Access Books Network is an open network for anyone…[Read more]
An conversation with Dr. Reggie Raju (Director of Research and Learning Services) & Jill Claassen (Scholarly Communications & Research), both from the University of Cape Town Libraries, took place in March 2021 to discuss this post about a continental platform for open research in Africa. The recording of the event is available via our YouTube…[Read more]
Agata Morka edited the post Adding a Digital Humanities bit to the OA book funding landscape: DARIAH is launching an annual OA monograph bursary for Early Career Researchers in Digital Humanities in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 6 months, 3 weeks ago
This post, written by Dr. Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, the Open Science Officer at DARIAH-EU is an introduction to the next event in the ‘BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books’ series. A live session, open to all, will be held via this Zoom link on Tuesday 23rd March at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT/11:00 ET, when we will interview Erzsébet about the <…[Read more]
For this year’s Open Access Week, the Open Access Books Network (OABN) is pleased to introduce its latest video series: ‘The OA Mythbusters’.
Through this video series the OABN community seeks to dispel a number of key myths around OA books. In these short videos, common statements will be addressed by fellow community members, informally known…[Read more]
By Sharla Lair (Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, LYRASIS)
The library community is looking for new ways to use the funds they steward to open more scholarly content. There are fairly established strategies for funding open access (OA) journals, but many librarians have been asking:
What are the…[Read more]
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