You can find the collection of case studies detailing the business models of a range of open access (OA) academic book presses at Business Models for Open Access Books.
Resources shared during the webinar via chat:
Thoth – the Medata Dissemination System
Discussion: alternative names for what we mean by “business model”:
- Sustainability plan
- Sustainability model
- Impact model
Date: Tuesday February 15, 2022
Time: 3 – 4.15 pm UK/UTC
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OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on business models for open access books. It will present a new online resource, in which a range of open access book presses from different countries around the world share their business model including: how it works, why it took the form it did, and the specific factors that shape and guide its ongoing development. The collection will be open for other presses to add their own business models, and it will be a resource for consultation by anyone interested in this issue.
The webinar will be chaired by Lucy Barnes of Open Book Publishers, an independent, non-profit and scholar-led OA press based in the UK, who will also speak about the project as a whole. We welcome our panelists, who represent several of the presses contributing to the collection: Francois van Schalkwyk who will present on African Minds, an open access, not-for-profit publisher based in South Africa; Beth Bouloukos will cover Lever Press, an open access press supported by more than 50 liberal arts institutions in the USA; Julien McHardy will speak about Mattering Press, a UK-registered charitable publisher of OA books; and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei will conclude on punctum books, an independent, OA, para-academic and queer-led press based in California.
The panellists will each speak for 10 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion.
Please register here join us live for this free, highly practical webinar and contribute to the discussion.
Francois van Schalkwyk (@Francois_fvs2)
François van Schalkwyk is an experienced researcher and consultant in the fields of higher education studies, critical data studies and scholarly communication. François is the co-editor of the African Higher Education Dynamics series, a member of the OASPA working group on open access books, and on the editorial board of the journal Learned Publishing. François is the editor and publishing manager at African Minds.
Beth Bouloukos (@BBouloukos)
Beth Bouloukos is the director of the Amherst College Press, which is a fully open access publisher of scholarly books in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Press charges no fees to its authors or their institutions and engages in the same rigorous peer review process as traditional university presses. Before beginning at Amherst and Lever, Beth acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at the State University of New York Press. She received her doctorate from Cornell University where she researched Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens.
Julien is a designer, art director and sociologist of science and technology. He co-runs the agency 5’90 Design and acts as a strategist for the Being and Dying network and Actant. He studied design at the Bauhaus University and the Glasgow School of Art and completed a PhD at Lancaster University in collaboration with IDEO London. He is on the Editorial Board at Mattering Press.
Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei (@ontakragoueke)
Vincent is a specialist in Old Nubian philology, publishing the standard work A Reference Grammar of Old Nubian (Peeters, 2021), and is co-founder of the Union for Nubian Studies and co-managing editor of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies. He is co-director of scholar- and queer-led open-access press punctum books, board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association, and founding chairperson of the ScholarLed Foundation.
Lucy Barnes (@alittleroad)
Lucy Barnes is Editor and Outreach Coordinator at Open Book Publishers, a leading independent Open Access book publisher. She also works on outreach for the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project and for the ScholarLed consortium. She coordinates the Open Access Books Network (oabooksnetwork.org) in collaboration with OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and Sparc Europe, and she is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit. She is also (slowly but surely) completing a PhD on nineteenth-century theatrical adaptations of novels and poetry.