The OABN is an open network, which invites the community to participate in and help to direct its activities. It is a loosely organised network, where we interact with our communities in different ways, including (but not limited to) our website, Humanities Commons, Twitter, YouTube, our Mailing List and our events. We are also a Special Interest Group (SIG) within OPERAS.

To join the Open Access Books Network, simply set up a profile at Humanities Commons. It takes a couple of minutes, and you can find easy-to-follow instructions are available. Then search for the Open Access Books Network under Groups (on the left-hand side of your screen) and click on the Join Group button.

You are now officially a member of the OABN community!

Get started!

To get to know the group’s members, we have created a thread called ‘Meet the Members’ (under the Discussion tab). We encourage you to start here and tell us why Open Access books matter to you. You might also find it helpful to read our official Welcome post, which explains how to use the OABN space.

Email options: we strongly recommend checking and amending your email settings
For privacy purposes, the default is ‘No Email’ but we recommend tailoring that (you can select a weekly summary, daily digest, new topics update or all activity, as you prefer). This way you can be alerted about new discussions, new readings and new events without having to check the site. You can also participate in discussion threads via your email, if you wish.

A note on languages
Although the administration of the site is conducted in English, you’re welcome to begin a discussion thread in another language if you wish. Likewise, if you’d like to propose an event in a language other than English, please get in touch — we’d love to hear from you!

Contact us
The OABN is coordinated by Lucy Barnes (Open Book Publishers), Andrea Davidson (SPARC Europe) & Silke Davison (OAPEN Foundation).

If you have an event or a blog post you’d like to propose, or you want to get in touch for any other OA-books-related reason, email You can also follow us and contact us on Twitter @oabooksnetwork.

If you’re interested in joining our OPERAS SIG meetings, email And finally, if you’d like to be added to the Open Access Book Community on Slack (, which is another forum for discussion about Open Access books, email

You’re all set: explore and contribute! Great to have you on board!

Lucy, Andrea & Silke


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