02/09/2015

Open Access Books: Knowledge Unlatched



The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available Open Access on a Creative Commons copyright licence as a fully downloadable PDF.

The Title Fee represents the basic cost of publishing a book. Because the Title Fee is a fixed amount, as more libraries participate in Knowledge Unlatched, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines.

During the Pilot in 2013, Bangor University Library and Archives Service joined the Knowledge Unlatched scheme, along with more than 200 other libraries, and a collection of 28 front-list titles from 13 recognised scholarly publishers were unlatched and made open access. To see more details of the Knowledge Unlatched open access books available: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/, these are all available on the library catalogue: http://bit.ly/1J5ZAhT
  
By building a sustainable market for Open Access books, readers in all markets, including the world’s poorest, can gain the widest possible access to high-quality scholarship.

From October 2015, the project will be looking for libraries to pledge title fees in order to make a new collection of important monographs available as open access texts http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/2015/06/new-collection/   
If you would like to find out more about this project, or to let us know you support our involvement in this scheme please contact libsupport@bangor.ac.uk     


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