Digital books and the salvation of academic publishing

Digital books and the salvation of academic publishing Purpose – The paper seeks to propose that librarians act to ensure the continued existence of small, specialized, and non‐profit publishers as avenues of intellectual and academic discourse in an era of growing publishing monopolies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the profitability of commercial publishers and their plans for expansion in the digital book market, and contrasts this with the continued financial hardships of public‐welfare academic publishers. Findings – The problems for non‐profit academic publishers will not be solved by simply “going digital”. Practical implications – Librarians need to exclude small academic publishers from further burdening through collective collection development. Originality/value – The paper reviews developments in digital book publication from the perspective of a 1997 conference on the “crisis” in academic publishing with current business practices and expansions by large publishing houses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances Emerald Publishing

Digital books and the salvation of academic publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0888-045X
DOI
10.1108/08880451111185991
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper seeks to propose that librarians act to ensure the continued existence of small, specialized, and non‐profit publishers as avenues of intellectual and academic discourse in an era of growing publishing monopolies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews the profitability of commercial publishers and their plans for expansion in the digital book market, and contrasts this with the continued financial hardships of public‐welfare academic publishers. Findings – The problems for non‐profit academic publishers will not be solved by simply “going digital”. Practical implications – Librarians need to exclude small academic publishers from further burdening through collective collection development. Originality/value – The paper reviews developments in digital book publication from the perspective of a 1997 conference on the “crisis” in academic publishing with current business practices and expansions by large publishing houses.

Journal

The Bottom Line: Managing Library FinancesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 1, 2011

Keywords: Publishing; Academic; Commercial; Digital; Books; Monographs; Digital libraries

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