Is publishing academic books a dying trade? And if so, are free e-books from universities likely to deal the final blow?
The future of book publishing in general is hotly contested, but particularly so for university presses. Louise Adler, the head of Melbourne University Publishing recentlysuggested that the book industry is failing and university presses publishing “Open Access” – or free, reproducible – books are second rate publications which threaten intellectual property rights.
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