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Business Models for Open Access Books

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    • #33124

      Tom Mosterd
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      @tommosterd

      This topic aims to facilitate and provide information around business models for Open Access books. What business models are out there for Open Access books? How are these evolving and are there particular challenges that could be addressed to improve these?

       

    • #36132

      Lucy Barnes
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      @lucybarnes

      There are a couple of in-depth posts that have been published in recent weeks by scholar-led presses discussing their business models in some detail (one of which I co-wrote, for full disclosure!) – they might be of interest to this thread:

    • #36732

      Vanessa Proudman
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      @vanessaproudman

      Since there is quite some diversity in the OA books community, would love to hear more about the financial or business models that support Open Access books other than BPCs from publishers in countries across all corners of Europe and beyond.

      OBP does a great job of being transparent about their publishing costs and about their revenue streams in their blog post of May 2020.

      Are you a small or large publisher? What financial / business models are you using? And how do they scale, and do they need to? What lesson have your learnt? Please share here.

    • #36760

      Tom Grady
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      @scholtom

      @COPIM project (Work Package 3) is just putting the finishing touches to a report containing a comprehensive review of extant OA monograph revenue models – think there are about 17 or 18 models we’ve identified. (Some more practical than others, and I think all of them used in some kind of combination). We will hopefully publish the report next week so I’ll add a link to that to this thread if that would be useful?

    • #37059

      Tom Grady
      Participant
      @scholtom

      Hi folks, we just published our (quite large!) report on revenue funding models for OA monographs. So, as promised, you can read and download it for free from here:

      https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4011836

      If anyone has questions arising from this report then please do get in touch on here – happy to discuss and keep the conversation going.

       

      • #37378

        Sebastian Nordhoff
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        @snordhoff

        I had a look at @scholtom’s report. Very nice work. The section on “subscribe-to-open” lists Language Science Press. I am not sure this is 100% correct. LangSci never had closed content, so we could not possibly do a transition, and we can also not threaten to revert back to that. I can see how we ended up there, but the model is slightly different.

        We have published our annotated business model here: https://zenodo.org/record/1286972

        Our annual reports including revenue and expenditures can be found here: https://userblogs.fu-berlin.de/langsci-press/category/statistics/

         

        • #37421

          Tom Grady
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          @scholtom

          Hi Sebastian, thanks for this feedback. Hmm I’ll have a chat with my fellow authors and see if we can incorporate what you’ve told us here. Looks like we may have misinterpreted something along the way. This is very useful feedback and a great example of how this network works!

          Best wishes,

          Tom

    • #37374

      Lucy Barnes
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      @lucybarnes

      A couple more posts on OA books and business models, all (relatively) recently published:

    • #39328

      Tobias Steiner
      Participant
      @cmplxtvstudies00

      MIT’s Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship has recently advertised its “selective bibliography” on The Economics of Scholarly Monographs:

    • #40552

      Sebastian Nordhoff
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      @snordhoff

      I seem to have trouble with that Zotero group. In any case, here are two references which could be incorporated there:

       

      Nordhoff, Sebastian. (2018). Cookbook for Open Access books. Berlin: Language Science Press. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1286925

      Nordhoff, Sebastian. (2018). Language Science Press business model. Berlin: Language Science Press. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1286972

    • #44440

      Tom Mosterd
      Participant
      @tommosterd

      On April 7th, OPERAS and OASPA organised a workshop on ‘Innovative business models for open access book publishing – six approaches in Europe’. These six approaches were all applied to small or medium-sized academic book publishers and may be relevant for any small or medium-sized publisher interested in OA book publishing.

      A short report, along with the recording of this event is now available here:

      http://operas-eu.org/4651

       

    • #57230

      Lucy Barnes
      Participant
      @lucybarnes

      NEW COLLECTION: Myself and François van Schalkwyk of African Minds have put together a collection of OA book publisher business models, with contributions from a number of presses. The collection is here: https://oabooksbusinessmodels.pubpub.org/

      We’re keen to add to it, so if your press might be interested in contributing, take a look at the template questionnaire (https://oabooksbusinessmodels.pubpub.org/pub/template/release/1) and drop us an email (Lucy lucy@openbookpublishers.com, François editor@africanminds.co.za) to discuss.

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