California Digital Library Debuts Print-on-Demand & Sales Service for eScholarship OA Publishing Platform
This service will enable publishing units within UC [University of California] to develop hybrid OA business models for their publications. Books and journals enrolled in this service will be freely accessible via eScholarship while simultaneously offered for sale in POD and ebook formats via self-branded ecommerce storefronts and through retail affiliates such as Amazon.com.
In order to support this new publishing model, eScholarship has contracted with Lulu to provide a POD/ebook publishing and ecommerce platform. Working with the Lulu-powered platform will offer many significant advantages to publishing units. The intuitive online interface makes it easy to upload publications, manage descriptive information, and check the status of a publication—or to provide permission for authors to do so. Publishing units will have real-time access to sales and royalty information. Publications will be cross-linked between the two platforms, increasing discoverability and providing readers with multiple mechanisms for accessing the material. And the ecommerce storefront will be co-branded with the publishing unit/name and logo and the eScholarship/University of California logo, highlighting the high academic quality of the research being published.
This program’s goals are to empower publishing units to:
- Publish in multiple formats, with multiple business models
- Focus on scholarly publishing rather than on distribution, e-commerce, and web platform development
- Maintain full control over the publishing program and process
- Access real-time sales and analytics
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.