Book Review: Martin Paul Eve. Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies, and the Future

Martin Paul Eve, Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. $50 Cloth. Open Access E-Book.With Open Access and the Humanities, Martin Paul Eve offers a slender, but surprisingly thorough, volume engaging many of the major preoccupations of the open access movement in scholarly communication. In fact, the book’s strongest virtue may be the clarity and economy with which Professor Eve gathers and presents the benefits, risks, and feasible means of adapting Humanities disciplines to open access licensing, distribution, and funding models. Much of this gathering and presenting can feel fairly familiar to anyone already immersed in the slightly more mature conversation associated with STEM publishing (many of the “contexts” and “controversies” to which the book’s subtitle alludes). There really is much to review, however, and as a primer for the open–access curious humanist, Eve’s review should come across as congenial, convenient, and in many cases even demystifying.

Editor’s Note [14.2]

Digital publishing—loosely defined—has had a remarkable impact on the world of poetry and poetics. This shouldn’t be surprising, of course. “The digital” has transformed nearly everything. Why should anything be spared? In the minds of many, I think, poetry does stand in some kind of Platonic orb, though; a high culture fetish object, removed from the rest of pedestrian culture. Although it would be hard to find lots of practicing poets who think this way (or admit they do), the casual observer of poetry likely considers it boring enough to be immune. The interested observer, alternatively, particularly the one interested in protecting some ideal of poetry from the Internet’s demotic ravages, simply doesn’t credit digitally published poetry as “real” poetry.