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Open Access Book Publishing

Open Access Book Publishing 2016-2020

This report provides an overview and financial outlook for the global open access book publishing market based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors’ performance through 2016. Simba has used the information it gathered through primary and secondary research to estimate market performance projected through 2020. We concluded that past trends of individual publisher output either by title or revenue was too variable for meaningful projections at the publisher level.

This research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing, including legal and business publishing, the results of which are available in the associated reports: Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020, Global Social Science and Humanities Publishing 2016-2020, Scholarly & Professional E-Book Publishing 2015-2019, Global Medical Publishing 2015-2019, Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2015-2019 and Global Legal Publishing 2016-2020.


  • Methodology
    • Definition of Open Access Book Publishing
    • Scope of the Report
    • Sources of Information
    • Methodology for Estimating/Projecting Results
  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • What is Open Access Publishing?
    • Key Facts & Trends
      • Nearly 10,000 Scholarly & Academic OA Books Are Available on the Internet
      • OA Books Grow 30% a Year, Account for About $21M in 2015 Revenue
      • OA Books Continue to Experiment with Business Models
      • Most OA publishers Are European SSH presses
      • The Large Commercial Publishers Will Join the Party
      • Funder Mandates Will Give STM OA Books a Lift
      • But SSH OA Will Go Down a Separate Path
  • Open Access Book Market
    • Introduction
    • Origins of a Movement
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2000 - 2007
    • Open Access Books Metrics
      • Table Open Access Book Market, Various Metrics, 2013-2015
    • Open Access Books Market Size
      • Table Open Access Book Market Revenue, 2013-2015 (Revenue $ in millions)
    • Funding & Mandates
      • Table Directory of Open Access Books, Titles By Discipline 2015
    • Open Access Books by Discipline
    • What Type of Books Are Published Open Access?
    • Open Access Books by Geography & Language
  • Notable Open Access Book Publishers & Programs
    • Introduction
    • Leading Open Access Book Publishers
      • Table Leading Open Access Book Publishers By Total Title Count 2016
    • Social Sciences, Humanities Presses Dominate the DOAB
      • Table Notable Open Access Book Publishers Ranked by No. Titles, 2016
    • Notable Open Access Publisher Profiles
      • Amsterdam University Press (WRR in Dutch)
      • Australian National University Press
      • Bloomsbury Academic
      • Bohlau Verlag (Wien, Koln, Weimar)
      • Bookboon.com
      • Brill
      • De Gruyter
      • Frontiers
      • Gottingen University Press
      • Informa
      • InTechOpen
      • Lever Press
      • MDPI AG
      • MIT Press
      • Oxford University Press
      • SciELO Books
      • Springer Nature
    • Cooperative Open Access Book Programs & Trials
      • Knowledge Unlatched
      • Unglue.it/Free Ebook Foundation
    • Other Open Access Book Programs Not Included
      • Google Books
      • HathiTrust Digital Library
      • Project Gutenberg
  • Open Access Book Trends & Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Current Trends in Open Access Book Publishing
      • Open Access Is Not Done Evolving
      • Print Book Sales Are Falling, Only Partly Replaced by Digital
      • E-Books Have Become 'Journalized' & With Them Also OA Books
      • OA Books Build on a Culture of Cooperation
      • OA Books Will Capture a Significant Share of Emerging Market Output
      • Mandates Will Spread to Books
      • Authors Will Seek Quality
      • Major Publishers Will Not Play a Large Role in OA Books
      • Monographs & Conference Proceedings Are Up for Grabs
      • Mandates Will Help STM OA Books
      • SSH Books Will Largely Go Down a Separate Path
    • Open Access Book Publishing Forecast
      • Introduction
        • Table Directory of Open Access Books Forecast, Various Metrics, 2016P-2020P
      • Open Access Books Forecast
        • Table Open Access Book Market Revenue, 2016P-2020P ($ in millions)
      • Assumptions
      • World Economy & Exchange Rates

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