Open Book Publishers was born in 2008, sparked into life by co-founder and managing editor Alessandra Tosi’s first-hand experience of the frustrations of academic publishing. The thrill of seeing her book in print was dampened by the realisation that, thanks to its exorbitant price and small print run, very few people would have the opportunity to read it. She and co-founder Rupert Gatti began OBP to make high-quality academic books accessible for everyone everywhere and free of charge.
Nine years on we have come closer to realizing our ideal of a world where scholarly works are available to all. With the publication of our hundredth title, Michael Bryson and Arpi Movsesian’s Love and Its Critics: From the Song of Songs to Shakespeare and Milton’s Eden, it is a good time to ask: what have we achieved as we arrive at this milestone, and what do we want to do next?
Over three blog posts we will discuss our innovative publications, our Open Access model and our technological development to celebrate some highlights from our first one hundred books – and to chart a course for the next hundred!
We are delighted to announce that we are 2017 WISE Awards Finalists! The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) rewards organisations for their innovative and impactful approaches to today’s most urgent education challenges, and we are thrilled to be recognised alongside some very impressive projects.
The WISE Awards gives us the opportunity to showcase our mission, to democratise access to learning by making high-quality textbooks for secondary schools and monographs freely available online alongside inexpensive printed editions. Alessandra Tosi, our Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to receive this nomination, which recognizes our success in reaching readers in the developing world. At a time when online education is expanding, our developing list of free-to-read online textbooks and monographs is a much-needed resource to help support education worldwide.”
This news comes at an exciting time for OBP. We are about to publish our 100th book, a milestone we’re really looking forward to celebrating, and we also hope to have some news to share with you soon about a new development, so watch this space…
Did you know you can create your own books using OBP content? This can be as simple as requesting a customised cover for one of our existing books (OBP Personal), but we can also work with you to create a volume that samples different chapters from various publications, complete with a new introduction and cover.
Recently, the International Philosophy Olympiad ordered 400 customised copies of our anthology Tolerance for their conference on the same theme. The books had a cover customised with the conference branding, and each delegate received a copy as a keepsake of the event. We have also produced bespoke copies of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century, with an individual dedication page for each member of the Global Citizenship Commission.
Our author Caroline Warman at the International Philosophy Olympiad 2017 with a customised copy of Tolerance.
Happy New Year from Open Book Publishers! As we leave 2016 behind, join us in taking a look at our top 5 most read books of the year.
For Open Access Week 2016, OBP published a series of blog posts by librarians, in which they shared their thoughts on Open Access books – all the blog posts can be read here.
But we didn’t want the conversation to end there!
We are releasing a follow up December Series of Libraries and Open Access, and we’d love it if you participated!
The blog post would preferably consist of around 500-700 words, discussing your thoughts on Open Access books – it doesn’t matter what your role within the library is, or the angle that you come at the post from; we just want to hear your experiences!
If you’d like to participate let us know asap, and please send your blog post and a picture of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org by 01/12/2016. Of course don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.