"Cornell Open is the new global open access portal for classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Funded by the newly created Humanities Open Book Program, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell Open offers for the first time open access to key titles in literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies."
Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.
Librarians have been talking excitedly about Lever Press, an open-access publisher for digital scholarship led by liberal arts colleges, for several years... The press hired a senior acquisition editor in August and now has several works under contract, pending approval from the press's editorial board.
KU Research (Knowledge Unlatched) has released a study of Open Access ebook usage on JSTOR.
"Among the findings are that the JSTOR platform accounts for the largest number of referrals to the Open Access ebooks; 34.1% of readers are already on the platform when they access the OA books. Institutions located in the Global South are relatively high users of OA books made available via the JSTOR platform when compared to institutions located in the US, UK, and Western Europe."
"Open access looks set to shake up the humanities and social sciences book landscape for the better, reports Rebecca Pool... A little over three years ago, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library set out to explore what the ‘Academic Book of the Future’ might look like, in the context of open access publishing and the digital revolution."
Wayne State University Press "has digitized a selection of backlist titles for Open Access distribution... Titles selected for the project fall into several sub-topics that reflect current programs: industrial and labor history, maritime history, Detroit history, Jewish history, Holocaust studies, Israel and Middle East studies, and biographies of significant individuals."
To view the list, visit Wayne Open.
Another article on the Google Books project, also commenting on how the books are being used:
Jennifer Howard, "What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?" EdSurge, August 10, 2017, https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-10-what-happened-to-google-s-effort-to-scan-millions-...
MIT Press has joined forces with the Internet Archive (IA) to scan, preserve, and enable lending of hundreds of the press’s books that are currently unavailable in digital form. With support from British funding agency Arcadia, IA will scan a selection of MIT Press’s backlist titles, which will then be available for any library that owns a physical copy of each book to lend or make openly available, and will also be accessible through IA’s archive.org.