OAPEN and KU partner to deliver new Open Access books

OAPEN and KU partner to deliver new Open Access books

Knowledge Unlatched and OAPEN are pleased to announce that they are partnering to deliver the KU Pilot Collection.

The collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognized scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.

The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to open access for large numbers of scholarly books.

The KU model is based on libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single ‘Title Fee’ to publishers, in return for books being made available as a fully downloadable PDF via OAPEN on a CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND license immediately upon publication.

Because the Title Fee is a fixed amount, as more libraries participate, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each book declines.

More information about the KU pilot can be found by visiting: www.knowledgeunlatched.org