ZAG Flybrary: Open access library presented at Zagreb Airport | Croatia Week

” Passengers at Zagreb Airport now have the opportunity to fulfil their waiting time before boarding the plane, as well as during the trip, with a good book for which they will not need prior registration or membership fees. 

ZAG Flybrary is a free library based on the principles of open access and sharing and is now located in the??international departures area of Franjo Tu?man Airport. 

A tense thriller, historical or love novel, poetry collection or something similar can be taken off the shelf for free, and if passengers have a book they have already read, they can leave it and give others a chance to enjoy it. 


The basic rule is – Do you need one? Take one. Do you have one? Leave one….”

Court Seeks Proposed Declaratory Judgment in Maryland E-book Case

“In a paperless order issued on May 26, Judge Deborah Boardman asked lawyers for the state of Maryland and the Association of American Publishers to submit proposed language for a declaratory judgment to end the parties’ dispute over the state’s library e-book law. But in filing the proposed language, the parties dispute whether the request means the court is preparing to deny the AAP’s bid for a permanent injunction.

“The Parties met and conferred to discuss the Order and agree that a declaratory judgment may be entered. The Parties disagree, however, in their view of whether a permanent injunction may still be granted,” reads an AAP brief filed last week. “Plaintiff interpreted the Order to refer only, ‘at a minimum,’ to the Court’s determination that a declaratory judgment should be entered, but understood that the Court was still considering whether a permanent injunction is also necessary. Plaintiff still believes a permanent injunction is necessary and appropriate here. The State interpreted the Order to mean that a permanent injunction will not be granted, and that “at a minimum” referred to the relief on which the parties could agree.” 

However the court ultimately rules, Maryland’s library e-book law is a step closer to its end. In February, Boardman issued a preliminary injunction barring Maryland’s library e-book law from being enforced, holding that the state’s law is likely preempted by the federal Copyright Act. And in an April filing, the AAP asked federal judge Deborah L. Boardman to convert her preliminary injunction blocking the law into a permanent injunction.

Maryland attorneys, meanwhile, have argued that a permanent injunction is not necessary, telling the court that the state would no longer defend the law in court, and had no intention of invoking or enforcing the law….”

HathiTrust Copyright Review Passes 1 Million Milestone | www.hat… | HathiTrust Digital Library

“The HathiTrust Copyright Review Program has met a milestone: the review of more than 1,000,000 books! The HathiTrust Copyright Review Program launched in 2008 with three consecutive IMLS National Leadership grants to responsibly ascertain copyright status of works in the HathiTrust collection. On June 2, HathiTrust reached the review of its 1 millionth HathiTrust item, bringing the total number of U.S. public domain determinations in the collection to 570,594….”

AAP Asks Court to Permanently Enjoin Maryland Library E-book Law

“Maryland’s library e-book law is one step closer to its end. In a filing this week, the Association of American Publishers asked federal judge Deborah L. Boardman to close the door once and for all on the law by converting her February preliminary injunction blocking the law into a permanent injunction.

“[Maryland] has provided no assurance that the Maryland Act will never be enforced. The State has not taken any action to repeal the Maryland Act. Moreover, [the state] offers only attorney argument for the proposition that the State ‘does not intend’ to enforce the Maryland Act,” the AAP brief states. “Intentions can change. An injunction precludes the State from enforcing the Maryland Act, period.”

In an April 26 order, Boardman asked Maryland attorneys to respond to the AAP filing by May 9.

The AAP response comes after Boardman in February issued a preliminary injunction barring Maryland’s library e-book law from being enforced, holding that the state’s law is in fact preempted by the federal Copyright Act….

But AAP lawyers told the court that a declaratory judgment is simply not enough to protect publishers….” Gemeinschaftliche Open-Access-Finanzierung im KOALA-Konsortium

Suche nach Unterstützer*innen für gemeinschaftliche Open-Access-Finanzierung in den Bereichen Medienwissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften gestartet

Um ihre Forschungsergebnisse in Open-Access-Zeitschriften veröffentlichen zu können, müssen Autor*innen häufig Publikationsgebühren – sogenannte Article Processing Charges (APCs) – bezahlen. Das BMBF-geförderte Projekt KOALA (Konsortiale Open Access Lösungen aufbauen) baut ein alternatives Finanzierungsmodell auf, in dem es Konsortien organisiert, die die Kosten für fachspezifische Open-Access-Publikationen gemeinschaftlich übernehmen. In der Pledgingphase hat jetzt die Suche nach Institutionen, Unternehmen und Einzelpersonen begonnen, die sich zu einer gemeinschaftlichen Open-Access-Finanzierung in den Bereichen Medienwissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften verpflichten möchten.

Wie funktioniert die gemeinschaftliche Finanzierung?

Im KOALA-Programm können sich die Teilnehmenden an der Finanzierung der Zeitschriftenbündel KOALA Medienwissenschaften 2023 und KOALA Sozialwissenschaften 2023 beteiligen. Die Preise für die einzelnen Bündel werden auf Basis der Finanzbedarfe der Zeitschriften und Schriftenreihen ermittelt, die diese für einen nachhaltigen Betrieb ihrer Publikation an KOALA melden. Für jedes Bündel gibt es eine Preisstaffelung (Tiering), der sich teilnehmende Unterstützer*innen entsprechend ihrer Größe zuordnen können. Die Zeitschriften und Schriftenreihen erhalten dann über drei Jahre eine Finanzierung aus dem KOALA-Konsortium. Wenn die vorgegebene Zahl an Unterstützer*innen erreicht wird, leisten diese einen nach ihrer Größe und dem Umfang der gebündelten Publikationen gestaffelten Beitrag. Sollten sich nicht genügend Unterstützer*innen finden, kommt die Finanzierung durch KOALA nicht zustande.


Opening the Future: A New Model for Funding Open Access Monographs

Abstract:  We outline the work of two university presses, with assistance from the Community-led Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) Project, in creating an innovative revenue model to fund Open Access (OA) monographs at a traditional publisher. Building on library journal subscription models and on Knowledge Unlatched’s approach to monograph funding, this OA publishing model (called “Opening the Future”) gives members special access to a backlist, with the revenue then used to make the frontlist openly accessible. We also examine the general landscape of OA and funding models and discuss some of the challenges and benefits.


UNBIND: Reimagining the academic monograph – CRASSH

“The monograph, or the scholarly book, is today the dominant form of knowledge production in the humanities. But can there exist a more imaginative, creative, or performative alternative? Can we unbind the monograph and transform it into something that resists the marketisation and privatisation of public knowledge? Something that engages robustly with open platforms and public infrastructures?

Cambridge Digital Humanities invites monograph-writers, publishing scholars, publishers, editors, and open access activists for a day-long conversation on the future of the monograph form….”

Handbook of Research on the Global View of Open Access and Scholarly Communications | IGI Global

Handbook of Research on the Global View of Open Access and Scholarly Communications

Daniel Gelaw Alemneh (University of North Texas, USA)

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9805-4

ISBN13: 9781799898054|ISBN10: 1799898059|EISBN13: 9781799898078

Funding Information: This book is being published under Platinum Open Access through IGI Global’s Transformative Open Access Initiative with University of North Texas, USA.


In an information and knowledge society, access to information and knowledge is a basic human right, making equitable and fair access to information and knowledge paramount. Open Access (OA) plays a huge role in addressing inequities as well as broad-based and inclusive scientific progress. On the surface, the number of publications discussing OA issues from various angles are on the rise. However, what is missing is a comprehensive assessment of the extent of OA implementation and a discussion of how to proceed in integrating OA issues from various perspectives.

The Handbook of Research on the Global View of Open Access and Scholarly Communications articulates OA concepts and issues while demystifying the state-of-the-art knowledge domain in the areas of OA and scholarly communications from diverse perspectives as well as implications for the information and knowledge society. Covering topics such as ethics, copyright challenges, and open access initiatives, this book is a dynamic resource for publishers, librarians, higher education administrators, policymakers, students and educators of higher education, researchers, and academicians.


Responding to Open Access Needs: The OBC Position | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

We created the Open Book Collective (OBC) (described in more detailed here) as part of the COPIM project, which is all about researching, establishing, and meeting the needs of a more sustainable, equitable OA book landscape. COPIM is an international partnership of OA publishers, academic librarians and researchers committed to a sustainable, equitable and diverse future for OA books. All of our research outputs related to the development of the OBC, including details of the methods we used to reach our findings, can be found via the tags on this Pubpub site and at our Zenodo page.

In what follows, we provide a short distillation on our work, presenting some of the reasons why we believe that the OBC is needed, as well as looking at some of the ways it will address those needs.


Knowledge Unlatched: A New Funding Round and Work with FID Benelux

“Knowledge Unlatched head of publisher relations Neil Christensen has announced a partnership with a “specialized information service” called FID Benelux Low Countries Studies, based in Münster. In this project, FID Benelux has paid to make 28 titles from the field of Dutch, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg studies available as open access. The resulting ebooks have been made openly accessible in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU) and its “KU Reverse” model….”

How to make more than 200 monograph titles available OA annually on a small-ish budget

When it comes to library budgets, how far can £10,000 stretch? Access to a small database, a couple of journals, a handful of article processing charges (APCs), maybe one OA book via a book processing charge (BPC)?

That figure might also support scholar-led and small university presses to publish more than 200 front-list monographs annually on an immediate open access (OA) basis. Sound interesting?

Jisc has been supporting a number of OA monograph community agreements, which operate on a few different models, but all with the aim of raising sufficient income to allow the publication of new monograph content without needing to charge the author a BPC.


Infrastructure is key to supporting the sector’s shift towards open access for monographs | Jisc

“In a little more than 18 months, the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) open access (OA) policy for monographs, book chapters and edited collections will take effect. Jisc is considering the implications for this policy and how to support the sector through this in an affordable way….

Part of this shift is the need to support an effective infrastructure, which will underpin OA for books….”

WVU Libraries joins MIT Press Open Access Publishing Initiative

“In March 2021, MIT Press announced the launch of its Direct-to-Open (D2O) framework. In this model, rather than purchasing licenses to eBook titles individually or through packages, libraries pay annual participation fees that support open access (OA) book publishing. Participating libraries gain access to new MIT Press titles—around 90 titles per year—as well as its eligible backlist of approximately 2,300 books. D2O features two non-overlapping collections of scholarly monographs and edited volumes: Humanities & Social Sciences and STEAM. Anyone can read the OA titles free of cost on the MIT Press website, regardless of institutional affiliation. 

The sustainability of the D2O model depends on reaching a set financial success threshold over three years. In November 2021, MIT reported that it had hit 50% of the threshold, and as of March 2022 more than 195 libraries and consortia have committed to supporting D2O. D2O’s tiered rates based on type and size of institution mean WVU Libraries will pay $6,000 per year for three years to participate. …”

Announcing the first Liverpool University Press OA books funded through Opening the Future

Opening the Future is a collaboration between Liverpool University Press and COPIM, with support from LYRASIS and Jisc, and was launched in 2021 to harness the power of collective library funding to support the open access publication of monographs.

The first two books that will be published from the initiative are Empire Found: Racial Identities and Coloniality in Twenty-First Century Portuguese Popular Cultures by Daniel F. Silva, Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies and Director of Black Studies at Middlebury College, and Football and Nation Building in Columbia by Peter J. Watson, an early career Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Further titles will be announced soon and advance notice will be given for each title when the subscription threshold is reached.