Rice UP Back in Business - But With a Difference
The Wall Street Journal, The Book Standard and Inside Higher Ed are covering a story out of Rice University to the effect that Rice's University Press will bgin publishing free online books with revenues drawn from a print-on-demand (POD) publishing service. The initiative is tied together with Rice's Connexions authoring system. Because it is acting as a publisher, services such as selecting and editing will be required, which will be part of the costs Rice expects to incur. And it seems clear to me that the service will depend a lot on prestige and value-add, because it is as easy for me to publish via a POD system direct as to go through Rice - which means Rice needs to put some value on the table.
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