May 24, 2022

Listen Online: An Interview with Amy Brand, Director of MIT Press on “Scholarly Books in the Digital World”

From PLOS (Public Library of Science):

The evolving scholarly publishing landscape has transformed the way scientific articles are created, distributed and shared; but how have these changes affected books? In this PLOScast, Elizabeth speaks with Amy Brand, the Director of MIT Press, on the role of book publishing within scholarly publishing. Amy discusses the vibrant book program at MIT Press and how the market for books is alive and well. She also talks about:

  • How journal publishing is helping inform the digital strategy at MIT Press
  • Why the Press is working on making books as discoverable as journal articles
  • Why book metadata and streamlining workflows to minimize conflicting subject taxonomies is important
  • How the Press is making use of Collections and Chapterization with their books
  • Advice for researchers thinking about publishing a book

Listen to the Interview (via SoundCloud)

See Also: MIT Libraries and MIT Press Look to “Hack” Their Long-Standing Relationship (February 15, 2016)

See Also: Amy Brand Named New Director of the MIT Press (June 16, 2015)

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