Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 183–191 | Cite as

Open Access for Scholarly Books?



Over the past two decades, sales of monographs have shrunk by 90 % causing prices to rise dramatically as fewer copies are sold. University libraries struggle to assemble adequate collections, and students and scholars are deprived access, especially in the developing world. Open access can play an important role in ensuring both access to knowledge and encouraging the growth of new markets for scholarly books. This article argues that by facilitating a truly global approach to funding the up-front costs of publishing and open access, there is a sustainable future for the specialist academic ‘long form publication’. Knowledge Unlatched is a new initiative that is creating an international library consortium through which publishers will be able to recover their fixed costs while at the same time reducing prices for libraries.


Academic ebooks Creative commons business models Global library consortium Knowledge unlatched Library book budgets Library consortia Long form publication Monographs New publishing models Open access for books Open access funding Open access publishing models 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Knowledge UnlatchedLondonUK

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