Open-Access Best Sellers is a post by Lindsay McKenzie in Inside Higher ED that highlights which scholarly monographs are being read most often as it happily notes that “downloads of free scholarly books soar.” But even more interestingly, Ms. McKenzie simultaneously offers a brief state-of-the-art of OA monograph publishing. She quotes people like Joe Esposito, Charles Watkinson, Megan Hall, Lara Speicher, and Mark Edington while at the same time discussing OA monograph publishing at a number of presses including University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, Cornell University Press, Amherst College Press and the recently launched OA press at the London School of Economics. In addition, collaborations with monograph distributors like Knowledge Unlatched Research and JSTOR, as well as the Book Industry Study Group are noted.
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