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University Presses and Ebooks: A New Horizon
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Schools and educational services; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: Polanka, Sue
Date: Jan/Feb 2012
Start Page: 53
Pages: 4
Section: ebook buzz
Abstract (Document Summary)

Academic library monograph budgets tell a bleak story. Discretionary funds and approval plans have slowly decreased, favoring instead subscription products and big deal journal collections. Oxford University Press was the first university press to launch an online monograph platform in the fall of 2003. Concurrently, it attempted to aggregate university press content online via a service called Project TORCH (The Online Resource Center in the Humanities). Fast-forward to 2011. How things have changed. No fewer than four different nonprofit entities -- Project MUSE, JSTOR, Cambridge University Press, and the Oxford-sponsored University Press Scholarship Online -- now offer online distribution options to university presses. With more than 120 university presses in the US producing approximately 11,000 titles per year, there is plenty of opportunity for collaboration. Presses, such as Oxford and Cambridge, are major content producers, which leaves a host of very small university presses that want a big voice in ebook partnerships to sustain growth.

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