Montag, 19. Juni 2017

Academic Book of the Future / Academic Books and Their Future - Reports to the AHRC and the British Library 
by Marilyn Deegan

"The Academic Book of the Future Project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library (BL) in response to widespread concerns about books, publishing, libraries, and the academy. Declining monograph sales, rising serials prices, funding problems, rapidly-changing new technologies, shifting policy landscapes, increasing pressure on academics to do more with less, all contributed to a sense of unease about the health of the academic book in the arts and humanities, and indeed about the health of the disciplines themselves. This was the background against which the funders issued a call for proposals in early 2014, seeking a team to work with all the concerned communities and stakeholders." S.15   
by Michael Jubb  

"The project focuses on academic books in the arts and humanities, and was commissioned at a time of unprecedented challenge for such books, not only in the UK, but across the world: technological developments bringing changes in the activities and processes involved both in research and in publication; new forms of research outputs and dissemination; and new economic and political pressures. Our aim in the project was to examine these issues in depth, and to investigate what they might presage for the future. We did so with the active support of a rich array of partners: representatives of the many different groups who have a stake in the future of academic books. Indeed, one of our key findings is quite how broad that range of stakeholders is, and how intricate and multi-faceted the relationships and interactions between them are. Complexity is an undeniable feature of the academic books ecology in the arts and humanities." S.7

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