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What Does It Mean To Be A Reader?

The relationship between books and readers is changing. This is as true for the publishing industry as it is for liberal arts colleges around the country. What does it mean today to be a reader? How do some of the oldest, most traditional books help us “read” the contemporary world? At St. John’s College in […]

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We Bought America’s Most Iconic Bookstore

In 2015, Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos agreed to purchase the Tattered Cover Bookstore from longtime owner Joyce Meskis. The deal was front page news in Denver, but the move left the couple wondering, “What do we now?” For the opening keynote of this weekend’s PubWest Conference in Santa Fe, Gilligan and Vlahos held an informal yet informative conversation about the […]

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Mass Digitization – Progress, Goals, and Roadblocks

Technology companies today are willing and able to digitize copyrighted works on a scale never imagined before. Copyright owners have raised concerns over their right to do so, and the consequences of mass digitization on publishers’ businesses and accessibility of copyrighted material to the public remain up in the air. At the recent Copyright & […]

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Books from Boxes?

Where will we find the next generation of book bestsellers? In 2015, readers and booksellers were delighted by discoveries of half-century old manuscripts that yielded Go Set A Watchman, a novel from the reclusive Harper Lee, and What Pet Should I Get?, by the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The bestseller lists for 2015 also included Grey, […]

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Video Series Making It on the Web

“What Makes the Web Viable?” is one of those questions only college sophomores and media conference moderators can dare to ask and further dare to answer. Many – maybe all –  filmmakers and other creators attending last week’s Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles unconsciously go to the Web first for distribution of their independent content and programming. […]

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Authors, Front & Center

For the opening of CCC’s annual “Town Meeting” on Open Access at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the shift underway in scholarly publishing to an author-centric world took center stage. In a one-on-one “keynote” interview last Thursday morning, CCC’s Chris Kenneally spoke with Melinda Kenneway, co-founder of Kudos, a web-based service that helps researchers and their […]

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Open Access Special: Making An Asset of Compliance and Reporting

The Next Wave of Open Access is coming on fast. Scholarly publishing must move beyond a single-issue focus on Article Processing Charges to address end-to-end solutions that engage authors throughout the workflow. To maintain a robust and transparent Open Access publishing program, publishers juggle many compliance and reporting responsibilities. VAT compliance, funder compliance, and institutional reporting […]

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Open Access, The Next Wave

The Next Wave of Open Access is coming on fast. Scholarly publishing must move beyond a single-issue focus on Article Processing Charges to address end-to-end solutions that engage authors throughout the workflow. At a Frankfurt Book Fair panel discussion organized earlier today by Copyright Clearance Center, authors, publishers, funders, and institutional representatives and publishers gathered  for […]

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Best of BTB: Open Access: Who Holds the Power?

Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und […]

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Best of BTB: The Force Remaking Scholarly Publishing

Since earlier this year, influential research funders have mandated “open access” publishing practices that are sparking dramatic re-tooling of longstanding business models. When “authors pay,” what should publishers expect to face? At the Frankfurt Book Fair today, Copyright Clearance Center presented a frank discussion on the “OA” challenge with Robert Kiley of the Wellcome Trust and a panel of leading publishers […]

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