(9 November 2015) Publishing Technology reports that next week (9-16th November 2015) in the UK marks the inaugural Academic Book Week. Part of the two-year long Academic Book of the Future Project led out of University College London (UCL), Academic Book Week is a week-long showcase of academic book excellence aiming to open up a dialogue between the makers and users of academic books in the digital age.
The question of what the scholarly book of the future looks like, how and where it’s available and indeed who pays for research to exist in book form in the first place is something we’ve addressed multiple times on this blog. While the journals market seems to have entered a phase in which subscription journals can and do co-exist with open access journals, the way forward for the academic book looks much foggier. The scholarly monograph market in particular has suffered from cuts in academic library budgets mean they are less able to acquire the research content that scholars need to publish in order to further their careers.
Publishing Technology has the story.