Diversifying Readership Through Open Access

This post is part of the BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books series. A live session will be held via this Zoom link on October 6th at 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST, when we will interview Ros Pyne, Director of Open Access Books and Book Policies at Springer Nature, and Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University and researcher at Collaborative Open Access Research and Development (COARD), about the paper discussed in this post. If you have any comments or questions for Ros and Cameron, please add them to the comments section below so they can be included in the conversation on October 6th — and join us at the event if you can!

This event has now taken place — you can view a recording of the discussion here.

By Ros Pyne, Director of Open Access Books and Book Policies, Springer Nature

A few years ago, we did some work looking at the effect of open access (OA) on downloads and citations of scholarly books. Our authors were excited to hear about the impact that OA could have on their work, but the next question was always along the lines of, ‘But where are those extra downloads coming from? Is OA actually helping books to achieve a more diverse audience?’ A survey of book authors’ attitudes to OA that we conducted last year confirmed this concern: we found that reaching a broad readership – and reaching non-academic audiences such as policymakers and practitioners – ranked high in book authors’ motivations. Reaching readers in low-income- and lower-middle-income-countries (LICs and LMICs) was particularly important to authors who had published an OA book. Continue reading “Diversifying Readership Through Open Access”

BoOkmArks: Open Conversations about OA Books with the OAPEN Toolkit

The first BoOkmArks live session will be held on October 1st at 16:00 CEST. During this session we will interview Eelco Ferwerda, Director at the OAPEN and DOAB Foundations, two platforms for open access books. On September 30th, OAPEN will launch the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit, a unique resource for information on open access books. This blog post elaborates on the Toolkit and serves as a background for the session to be held on October 1st. Any comments or questions can be left in the comment section and shall be included in the Q&A session on October 1st.

This event has now taken place — you can view the recording here.

The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit is a free-to-access and stakeholder-agnostic resource. The toolkit aims to help authors better understand open access (OA) for books, increase trust in OA book publishing, provide reliable and easy-to-find answers to questions from authors, and to provide guidance in the process of publishing an OA book. Continue reading “BoOkmArks: Open Conversations about OA Books with the OAPEN Toolkit”

The OABN is launched! Notes from the event

Last week was the official launch of the Open Access Books Network. Held remotely (it’s 2020 after all) the event was attended by academics, open access advocates, librarians, scholarly communications professionals, publishers and policy-makers from all over Europe and beyond. The launch was a great opportunity for the founding members of the Network to introduce ourselves, and to demonstrate the Humanities Commons site that we hope will become a hub of conversation, events, and readings about OA books. Continue reading “The OABN is launched! Notes from the event”

The Open Access Books Network launches on 15 September!

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Open Access Books Network

'Save the date' invitation
Agata Morka, CC BY.

The Open Access Books Network (OABN) is founded by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe and it is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. The Network will host online events, publish blogs, share details of relevant conferences and webinars, and upload readings about OA books, alongside a lively discussion forum.

Join us on September 15th at 4PM BST/5 PM CEST/11AM ET for a conversation about the OABN at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6027862482.

We will talk about how the Network was established, discuss its goals and plans, and explain how you can engage with the OABN community.

We look forward to seeing you there!