Rice U. Press: Scholarly monographs go digital

My own Rice University has re-launched its failed academic press as an “all-digital” publishing concern. It uses the Connexions system that I mentioned earlier and it will function as a regular peer-reviewed press. I think the details of licensing and price will be worked out as it develops, probably in response to what authors say they want. I do know that they intend to use Qoop.com to produce print-on-demand works– so it isn’t in fact “all-digital”–it’s just that it won’t use any conventional book-printing infrastructure.

This might be a good opportunity for anyone in search of a press–especially for dissertations or books that mightn’t have so mammoth an audience. Or, perhaps, for books that should be re-published, orphaned works or others that need a new hearing. Rex, here’s your chance to edit the complete works of Max Gluckman…


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

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