Open access, books and sales…what’s the story?
Most open access growth has been in the field of research journal articles, but open access to books is growing. Although many researchers might be concerned that OA will reduce sales and royalties if books are made open access, the evidence so far shows that publisher profits continue to increase, with some findings showing increases in sales for individual print books after free digital release. Authors releasing books as free and openly accessible may also benefit by increasing the visibility and impact of their work, and their reputation.
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