Monthly Archives: October 2015

Deadbeat Donors

Velleman-front-coverI was thrilled about the birth of my new grandson; yet as I held him, just a week after his birth, I wondered how he should feel about that event, or how I should feel on his behalf. Continue reading

Introducing Some Data to the Open Access Debate: OBP’s Business Model (Part One)

Open-BookpicThere is quite a lot of discussion about how to finance the costs of publishing monographs in Open Access. While lots of alternative business models have been identified, actual hard data on the publishing costs and revenue associated with academic books are conspicuously absent from the debate (for fairly obvious reasons – commercial publishers consider such data to be commercially sensitive). Continue reading

Introducing Data to the Open Access Debate: OBP’s Business Model (Part Two)

Open-BookpicIn the first part of this post I identified some of the problems I perceive with the legacy publishing model for academic books, articulated the primary objectives of OBP, and noted that at OBP we have the same number of sales per book and two orders of magnitude more readers than legacy publishers do. The intention of this second part of the post is to present some data and use it to assess our success in meeting our four objectives. In Part Three, I will present cost and revenue data to assess the business model. Continue reading

Introducing Data to the Open Access Debate: OBP’s Business Model (Part Three)

Open-BookpicHere are our cost and revenue figures. As also reported at the OASPA conference, they are for the 12-month period from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015. Being based in the UK, our accounts are actually denominated in British pounds, but to ease international comparison I have reported everything in US Dollars. As I mentioned in Part One, the most interesting and exciting aspect of Open Access publishing is, I believe, the ability to reduce the costs of academic publication and distribution. After all, that is what the Internet was invented for! Continue reading

My Life — Dreaming Aloud

OLACoverBrilliant Open Book! It means that for the first time in — wow am I that
old (but not quite demented yet) — in over forty years, people in Africa
have a real chance to read Oral Literature in Africa (if they want to: many don’t
of course, but an amazing number, it seems, actually do). Long live Open
Access! Continue reading