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Texas A&M University Libraries Working To Solve Problem Of Expensive Textbooks

“Textbooks can be a major expense for college students, but Texas A&M University is working to ease that burden with open access (OA) textbooks. An “open” textbook is an openly-licensed, digital textbook that can be read, downloaded and printed online at no cost, for anyone to use and share freely.” (via The Katy News)

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Open-access books slowly on the rise, says PCG

Publishers and libraries are increasingly experimenting with open access (OA) books, according to a new survey by Publishers Communication Group (PCG). Books published under the gold open access model with no paywall for readers are expected to slowly grow in importance, with funding derived from a variety of sources including library budgets, the study reported. Following PCG’s 2014 survey into library adoption and funding of OA journals, the Open Access Monographs Survey sought input from both publishers who are active in and considering OA book programs, and librarians around the world who contend with new institutional OA mandates and emerging acquisition models.” (via Research Information)

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‘Simple and Seamless’ or ‘Significant Obstacle’?

“Academic, library and technology organizations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open-access policies at colleges and universities and prevents authors from sharing their work. Elsevier, which publishes thousands of journals, introduced the policy last month. It aims to strike a balance between making sharing “simple and seamless” and “being consistent with access and usage rights associated with journal articles,” the publisher said in a blog post.” (via Chronicle)

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In a Move Toward Open Access, ‘Nature’ Allows Widespread Article Sharing

“Nature, one of the world’s most-cited scientific publications, took a step toward open access on Tuesday by granting its subscribers and journalists wide authority to let outside readers view its articles at no cost. Under the new policy, subscribers to 49 journals published by the Nature Publishing Group and collected on Nature’s website can create and share links to full-text versions of all of that content. About 100 media outlets also can include free links in news reports that reference articles in the group’s journals.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Librarians ‘maintaining subscriptions despite OA’

“Improved library budgets have mitigated an anticipated decline in journals subscriptions from the adoption of OA, according to US research and brokerage firm Bernstein Research.A newly prepared report from the firm, seen by The Bookseller, said the upturn in library fortunes meant they had not been progressively abandoning contracts to achieve savings as was feared two years ago. Bernstein Research had also now reversed its 2012 view that political intervention in the UK and Europe would force a shift to full OA journals, with negative consequences to publishers such as Elsevier and Wiley.” (via The Bookseller)

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