Authors often ask publishers, “Why is my book so expensive?” The short answer: it really isn’t that expensive. The long answer: your scholarly book might cost more than commercially published nonacademic books because academic presses are spreading the cost of producing a title across a smaller number of print units. Each unit therefore has to be priced higher to enable the press to recoup the cost of production.
An occasional newsletter from the editors of Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.
Here's where we share links to news stories, updates, and announcements of interest to Feeding the Elephant readers.
Libraries & Librarianship
Feeding the Elephant is pleased to introduce our [1:3] series. In this series, we pose 1 question to a librarian, a publisher, and a scholar—the 3 main stakeholders in the scholarly communications ecosystem—to get each perspective on a particular issue. Here, we posed the question:
Note: This was the third panel of the P2L conference held July 22. A recap of the first two panels can be found here.
Lisa Bayer, Director, University of Georgia Press, sent us this summary.
P2L4, a conference sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), brought together a group of publishers and librarians via Zoom on July 22 to talk about scholarly publishing.
In light of the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Feeding the Elephant has compiled a list of resources (many freely accessible) from libraries, university presses, and scholars on the subjects of racism, racial justice, police brutality, and protest.
The Open Access Resource List has been updated with additional resources. Please check it out and if you have anything else add, reply to this post to let us know!
--Feeding the Elephant team
Recently, four pieces of news about publishing came to my attention. The conjuncture struck me as illuminating some of the key problems besetting the current scholarly publishing ecosystem.