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The Academic Book of the Future

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About this book

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Introduction: The Academic Book of the Future


“It is clear that a great deal of energy has been put into producing this volume, and it is undoubtedly a useful and well-timed book. … serves as a strong and important reflection of the project’s aims and objectives at its current stage. … offers a tantalising promise of what the project will ultimately contribute: an informed and valuable consideration of how the academic book must develop if it is to fulfil the needs of those who engage with it.” (Leah Tether, San Francisco Review of Books,, April, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University College London, UK

    Rebecca E. Lyons, Samantha J. Rayner

About the editors

This volume is written by a cross-section of academics, publishers, booksellers and librarians who are collaborating with the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project. It has been edited by members of the Project team (Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner). Find out more about the Project and its aims here:

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