Academic Publishing

Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free

The Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which allows academic authors to publish on an open access digital platform. Production costs will be taken care of by supporting academic institutions, and readers will access content for free. The...

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How to Find the Right Tool for the Job

“What you have to understand about us,” says every publisher ever, “is that we are a little bit different. We’re not like everyone else.” “I talk to a wide range of publishers about their workflow and processes,” Emma Barnes writes in a blog post for Digital Book World, “and it’s true...

Why Academic Publishing Needs Digital Platform Solutions

Why Academic Publishing Needs Digital Platform Solutions

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different, according to Bob Pritchett. In a blog post for Digital Book World, Pritchett writes, “Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a...

Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different. Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a short time. Their research, their writing and their pursuit of a degree are focused...

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How to Know Your Readers Better

First, head down to your local grocer. Small neighborhood shops tend to intuit something about cultivating customer relationships that other businesses, including many publishers, often miss. To be fair, it’s only quite recently that that’s begun to change. As digital marketing expert Murray Izenwasser recently pointed out, most publishers experimenting with...

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How Authors Balance Risks and Rewards

When authors sign contracts with publishers, exactly what is given and what’s expected in return? What do publishers and indie authors do that makes some of them successful and others less so? The results of the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey are in, and they lay the...

Research Tool ReadCube Launches iOS App and Other New Features

[Press Release] ReadCube Unveils New Additions to Its Popular Research Management Platform. New tools continue ReadCube’s tradition of smart, innovative solutions that save researchers time and remove the complexity around working with scholarly literature. May 15, 2014, CAMBRIDGE, MA – ReadCube is proud to announce the expansion of its suite of...

Cengage Division Gale Launches Slew of New Products and Services

[Press Release] Gale Expands Product Strategy and Bolsters Publishing Program to Address Critical Library Needs  Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program and the addition of industry-leading STEM content...

Making Ebooks Educational

Tracking the drop in educational e-content use as kids grow up, a new Common Core-aligned math series, the latest of Barnes & Noble's woes, rising competition in the academic ebook market and more.

The Future of Academic Publishing: Ripe With New Possibilities

Recently, a special issue of Nature explored changes happening right now in academic publishing. While the focus in this issue was on scientific publishing, many of the ideas presented apply to academic publishing as a whole and reveal that, despite some issues, open access publishing will require publishers to adapt. Here...

U Press Challenge: Profit or Perish

Sometime in the 1930’s a wag coined the phrase “Publish or perish” to characterize the imperative for professors to publish their papers and books as often as possible. Implicit in the motto is the obscurity that faces academics whose literary output does not meet the quota or quality considered necessary to...