On June 19, Nancy Maron, Roger Schonfeld, and Liam Sweeney will present preliminary findings on two research projects on mongraphs at the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) in Denver, Colorado.

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka S+R is currently researching the costs of publishing monographs and, in a separate project, the changing channels through which publishers sell books to libraries and libraries acquire books from publishers.

Until now, university press monographs have largely remained on the sidelines as author-side payments have facilitated OA models in journals publishing, particularly in STEM fields. Today, there is real interest in exploring what it would take to create and disseminate OA monographs, but the question remains: what would it cost? This session will offer an overview and some preliminary findings from an ongoing research study led by Maron to determine the costs involved in creating and disseminating high quality digital monographs.

The channels through which publishers sell to libraries and libraries acquire from publishers matter to all parties, and there is reason to suspect they may be changing. Ithaka S+R in collaboration with Joseph Esposito, are in the process of studying changes in these sales channels, and in particular Amazon’s role. Using some previously untapped data sources, as well as surveys, we are gathering data to address how books are distributed to libraries, and how those channels are shifting, with greater specificity than ever before. In this session, we will share a current project update and seek the advice of the AAUP community about our directions for the remainder of the research project.