The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our
work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage
of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”:
digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and
licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and
other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to
give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written
peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free
to consent to open access without losing revenue.
In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is
and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay
for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the
periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a
decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access,
this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers,
librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.
About the Author:
Peter Suber is Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, a Faculty
Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Senior
Researcher at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition). He is widely considered the de facto leader of the worldwide open access movement.
Peter has created a book home page of updates, supplements, and other notes. The full text / open access versions (PDF, HTML, ePub, & Mobi) of the book is available here.