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Thursday, November 3 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain

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Although still a small part of overall output, the number of open access (OA) books from scholarly publishers is growing rapidly. Traditional publishers are adding OA options (e.g., Luminos from University of California Press), libraries and funders are collaborating to make existing books OA (e.g., Knowledge Unlatched, NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program), and high quality dedicated OA publishers are emerging (e.g., Lever Press, Open Book Publishers, Ubiquity Press). While many of these works are digital facsimiles of print, an increasing number are multimodal publications with extended functionality. Public availability of scholarly information promotes equity and inclusion and advances some key shared objectives of librarians. However, these titles also present challenges to an information supply chain that relies on commercial intermediaries: There is little incentive for jobbers, aggregators, or booksellers to promote books which have no price; it can be difficult for a library to defend spending collections money on publications that will end up freely available to the world; and new digital scholarship formats can be challenging to deliver to patrons and preserve. In this session, join a publisher, an aggregator of open content, and an expert in information retrieval in a journey past the many obstacles between production of an OA book, its discovery and use by a reader, and its long-term preservation. As well as learning about the issues in this emerging space, participants will be invited to suggest practical ways of overcoming barriers to universal and open access to knowledge.

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Rebecca Welzenbach

Research Impact and Information Science Librarian, University of Michigan Library

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Rupert Gatti

Director, Thoth & Open Book Publishers
Rupert Gatti is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a co-founder and Director of the award winning Open Access book publishers, Open Book Publishers (www.openbookpublishers.com).  Founded as a non-profit by scholars at Cambridge in 2008, Open Book Publishers has now published over 200 high quality, rigorously peer reviewed scholarly monographs. Rupert is also a Director of Thoth, a non-profit open metadata management and dissemination service for open access b... Read More →
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Eric Hellman

President, Free Ebook Foundation
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Jill O'Neill

Director of Content, NISO

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401