Workshop 7 April 2021: Innovative business models for OA book publishing in Europe

We invite you to the first workshop of a series of workshops on business models for open access books.

Workshop: Innovative business models for open access books – 6 approaches in Europe

Time: Wednesday 7th April, 14:00-16:00 CEST

Location: online event


As part of the OPERAS-P project, we are looking into innovative non-bpc business models to create a sustainable infrastructure for open access book publishing in Europe. Following the publication of a library landscape study, investigating the opportunities for developing collaborative library funding models, and a series of publisher specific case-study interviews, we would now like to invite publishers across Europe to participate in a series of workshops highlighting the diversity of different business models being adopted within Europe.

Together with the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), we will be hosting three European workshops on business models for open access books targeted specifically at small and medium-sized academic book publishers. These workshops will be free and open both for publishers that already publish open access books and those considering to start with open access book publishing – from within and outside of Europe. While the first workshop will be informative in nature, the following two will be organized as interactive in-depth workshops focused on challenging areas in the open access books publishing process. While these three workshops focus on innovative business models and approaches used within Europe, we would like to emphasize examples exist outside of Europe, too. Publishers based outside of Europe and interested in attending these workshops are certainly welcome to do so.

Workshop 1: Innovative business models for OA books – 6 approaches in Europe will present an overview of a wide variety of business models for open access books currently in use. Six different publishers will present how they each make use of a different business model to publish their books open access. Each presenter will share their experiences and insights with an emphasis on four areas: Revenue, Costs, Legal Issues & Workflows.

The following persons will present at the workshop:

This first workshop will provide participants with an overview of the diversity of approaches to open access book publishing and offer insights into how these have been implemented in practice. Details about the subsequent workshops will also be provided at this event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Mosterd, Community Manager DOAB / OAPEN (t.mosterd[at]

Elisabeth Ernst

Digital Humanities Officer at Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for OPERAS projects.

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