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IN: Journal of Scholarly Publishing

Authors: Meredith Morris-Babb, Susie Henderson

Abstract

The revolt against the ever-increasing costs of postsecondary texts has begun. No one can deny that reselling texts, sharing texts, e-book reserves, and free copies that are resold have forced the commercial publishers to take action. But at what cost to higher education? Just as the cable monopolies are beginning to lose ground to other delivery systems of broadcast content, so too are textbook companies losing ground to other forms of delivery. Most commercially developed have limited access and restrictions on printing and downloading the content. Open-access texts solve many of these problems, but, as many now realize, ‘open’ does not equal ‘no cost.’ This article will explore some of the forces that are driving the open-access phenomenon, and describes the joint effort by the University Press of Florida and the University of Florida Department of Mathematics project for open-access . READ MORE

E’ cominciata la rivolta contro i  costi sempre crescenti dei testi della scuola post-secondaria. Nessuno può negare che la rivendita dei libri usati,  la condivisione dei testi,  i depositi elettronici di libri di testo e le copie gratuite che vengono rivendute hanno costretto gli editori commerciali ad agire. Ma a quale costo per l’istruzione superiore? Proprio come i monopoli via cavo stanno cominciando a perdere terreno per via della diffusione dei contenuti con altre modalità,  anche gli editori di libri di testo perdono terreno per via di altre forme distribuzione. Commercialmente più sviluppate, hanno un accesso limitato e  restrizioni sulla stampa e il download dei contenuti. I testi ad accesso aperto risolvono molti di questi problemi, ma, come molti ora si rendono conto, ‘aperto’ non significa ‘a costo zero’. Questo articolo individua le forze che spingono il fenomeno dell’accesso aperto e descrive il progetto,  sforzo comune della University Press of Florida e del  Department of Mathematics  dell’University of Florida , per la pubblicazione di testi di calcolo ad accesso aperto. LEGGI TUTTO (articolo originale in inglese, a pagamento).

Annunci

OAPEN 2011
24 – 25 February 2011
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

The future of academic publishing is Open Access – make sure you join us and come to

The First OAPEN Conference

There is only a limited number of places, so don’t hesitate and register now!

The conference will take place in the “Senatssaal” of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Unter den Linden 6). There will be a preconference meeting on Thursday, 24 February 2011 with a reception at 17:00 followed by an (optional) diner at the  Restaurant “Berliner Republik” which is within walking distance of the university building. On Friday, 25 February 2011, the conference will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:30.

The aim of this conference is to create awareness for the Open Access future of academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences. Of course, the results of the OAPEN project will be presented, but there are also internationally-recognised speakers from the various stakeholder groups involved in book publishing in the humanities and social sciences: rectors, librarians, funders of research and publishers. More.



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