When: Friday, Feb 01 | 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Location: ICTC Ballroom A

Days: Friday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Academic Libraries. Subjects: Academic, Collections, and Open Data.


Open Access eBooks is a heated topic in scholarly publishing today. There has been a proliferation of Open Access eBook models, as well as initiatives and publishers eliciting participation and financial support from funders such as the University of Toronto Libraries. However, the important question of identifying a sustainable and successful model remains unanswered. This presentation gives a general understanding of the current landscape of Open Access scholarly monographs publishing via a study of the publishing operations and funding models of 36 university and commercial publishers in North America, Europe and Australia. It discusses overall trends in their business models, title selection, file formats, indexing, publishing fees and services offered for fees charged. This presentation contributes a deeper understanding of current and growing trends in Open Access monographs publishing to better inform policymakers, funders, stakeholders, and authors interested in entering into this arena. It also indicates future challenges and considerations for current Open Access monographs publishers and initiatives. Finally, it encourages higher transparency amongst publishers and initiatives regarding business models, publishing practices, and publishing fees in order to work towards a community of practice of Open Access monograph publishers.