October 21, 2016

Open Access: Knowledge Unlatched “Unlatches” 78 More Books, Available as Downloadable PDFs

From Knowledge Unlatched:

2016-03-03_17-15-11Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is delighted to announce the ‘unlatching’* of 78 new titles. These titles have been made Open Access through the support of both individual libraries and library consortia from across the globe.

This brings the total to over 100 titles now available as Open Access since 2014, when KU celebrated the success of its Pilot Collection with 28 Humanities and Social Sciences monographs from 13 publishers being unlatched by nearly 300 libraries worldwide.

Now these 78 new books from 26 publishers (including the original 13 participants) have been successfully unlatched by a similar number of libraries in 21 countries along with support from a number of library consortia, who together raised over $1 million. The books are being loaded onto the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, where they will be available for free as fully downloadable PDFs.

The Humanities and Social Sciences titles cover five subject areas (Anthropology, History, Literature, Media and Communications, and Politics).

The second round of KU allowed libraries to choose from subject packages as well as publisher packages. It also introduced consortium participation into the programme. Further plans for scaling up and expanding KU will be announced soon.

KU Founder Frances Pinter said, ‘I’d like to thank the library community that have yet again demonstrated their tremendous support for KU. Libraries are demonstrating that they can lower the cost of books by converting their acquisitions budget into a shared cost of publishing model. Libraries are now helping to move KU from a proof- of-concept project to a fully sustainable operation by which libraries and publishers can work together to achieve Open Access for books.’


* ‘Unlatching’ is the KU term defining the way KU enables the collaborative and sustainable way of making content available on Creative Commons licences and fully downloadable by the end user.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to List of 78 Recently Unlatched Titles and Access Links

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.