'With 80 to 90 percent of people ready to pay, the publishing industry should be able to live.'
[AS: some useful discussion around some of the statistics concerning unlicensed e-book redistribution, but I'm afraid the emphasis on 'opportunity' is mine rather than the article's. #thereifyoucanseeit]
'Open access policies are not, at their root, either “land grabs” by institutions or acts of defiance aimed at publishers.
They are simply a recognition of the fact that authors are the initial owners of copyright, and they express a desire by those owners to manage their rights intentionally and in a way that most clearly benefits the goals of scholarship.'
A book based on the Hacking the Academy project is now online and soon will be available in print from Digital Culture Books, the innovative open access imprint of the University of Michigan Press - also known as MPub.
'Academics are trained to manage data streams and to make informed appraisals of the sources we find. These skills suit social media perfectly; what is still needed is to develop strategies to listen to our peers and audiences better, and to learn how to react publicly.
Twitter can considerably level the playing field: you are not on the podium or on a stage. It is not meant to be an auditorium, but a seminar room.'
'Peer review is the process that decides whether your work gets published in an academic journal. It doesn't work very well any more, mainly as a result of the enormous number of papers that are being published (an estimated 1.3 million papers in 23,750 journals in 2006).
There simply aren't enough competent people to do the job. The overwhelming effect of the huge (and unpaid) effort that is put into reviewing papers is to maintain a status hierarchy of journals. Any paper, however bad, can now get published in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed.'
'If libraries could collaborate to fund a scholarly monograph publishing system at one third of the current system, and if we could furthermore work with scholars towards a healthier scholarly communication system favoring appropriate publication over quantity of publication, then perhaps we could fund a system at perhaps one sixth of what libraries currently collectively pay that would be a very great deal more effective - free access to everyone with an internet connection, no crazy copyright restrictions, full searchability, and value added services thanks to publisher partners.'
An innovative idea from Orion to repackage its backlist digitally in a way that adds value and appeal has now gone live.
'SF Gateway' looks, feels and reads like a success story in the making. It is not surprising that genre fiction, which has been the source of so much e-publishing innovation, should continue to lead the way.
Just in time for back to school season, WatchMojo has added Express Publishing and Lungteng to the list of publishers who rely on WatchMojo’s video content to serve students and teachers. Previous publishers who work with WatchMojo include Belin, Pearson, Cengage and Nelson.
'Like newspapers and the music business, scholarly publishing has been drastically affected by the Internet. But the differences are as striking as the parallels. Unlike journalists, most academics are paid for research or teaching, not writing.
Yet all academics need to publish their work — to share and validate their research and also, crucially, to advance their careers.'
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