Living through a time of transition is exciting, stimulating, stretching and expensive! Experimenting with new business models is key but publishers are only part of the changing landscape. The relationships between researchers, students, librarians, booksellers (electronic or terrestrial) are in flux as is the whole funding apparatus that pays for scholarly communications. This keynote looks at how the ‘long form publication’ (historically known as the book) could be funded in order to make the most of the ‘free at point of use’ opportunities of the Internet.
Bloomsbury Academic is experimenting with open content licensing for scholarly monographs. While trying to meet both the traditional and contemporary needs of academe it is making decisions on a daily basis as to how to navigate through these choppy waters. Some lessons learnt will be presented.
Frances Pinter is the Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic, a new imprint recently launched by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, specialising in humanities and social sciences. She is experimenting with new open content business models. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. She has been a consultant to Creative Commons and ran an action research project for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) called PALM Africa looking at Publishing and Alternative Licensing Models.
She was Publishing Director for the Soros Foundation Network (Open Society Institute). She founded EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), pioneering the consortium approach to the dissemination of electronic journals through countrywide site licenses. She was the founder of Pinter Publishers that specialised in the social sciences, also owned Leicester University Press and established Belhaven Press, an imprint devoted entirely to environmental issues.
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