The deliverance of open access books
The deliverance of open access books
Examining usage and dissemination
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2 Introduction 15 3 The influence of open access on monograph sales?: The experience at Amsterdam University Press 21 4 Modes of access?: The influence of dissemination channels on the use of open access monographs 39 5 Better sharing through licenses??: Measuring the influence of Creative Commons licenses on the usage of open access monographs 61 6 Patterns of information?: Clustering books and readers in open access libraries 83 7 Measuring monographs?: A quantitative method to assess scientific impact and societal relevance 105 8 Do developing countries profit from free books??: Discovery and online usage in developed and developing countries compared 153 9 Revisiting an open access monograph experiment?: Measuring citations and tweets five years later 167 10 Conclusions 193 11 References 221 12 Appendix: published articles and data sets 233

Albert Ronald Snijder

The deliverance of open access books

Examining usage and dissemination

In many scholarly disciplines, books - not articles - are the norm. As print runs become smaller, the question arises whether publishing monographs in open access helps to make their contents globally accessible. To answer this question, the results of multiple studies on the usage of open access books are presented. The research focuses on three areas: economic viability; optimization of open access monographs infrastructure and measuring the effects of open access in terms of scholarly impact and societal influence. Each chapter reviews a different aspect: book sales, digital dissemination, open licenses, user communities, measuring usage, developing countries and the effects on citations and social media.