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      University press selection of e‐book vendors for US academic libraries: Why work with X but not Y?

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      Learned Publishing
      John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
      academic library market, e‐books, university press

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          This article investigates the decision process used by university presses when selecting or deselecting e‐book vendors for academic libraries. It focuses on three research questions: (1) which vendors' university presses worked with; (2) how university presses used different vendors; and (3) why university presses worked or did not work with certain vendors. A series of one‐on‐one interviews were conducted with 19 participants from 18 different university presses in the US. Findings show participants use a core of vendors identified as the ‘Big Four’ plus several other ‘optional’ vendors. The reasons that encourage and discourage presses to work with certain vendors are investigated and reveal a mutual reinforcement cycle that explains the process by which the Big Four vendors became both the main distribution vendors for university presses and the main providers for academic libraries for e‐books in humanities and social science. The research also discusses efforts made by several university presses and other vendors to challenge the dominance of the Big Four.

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            University presses and the impact of COVID‐19

            University presses occupy a distinctive field of publishing, heavily tied to the fortunes of the universities and colleges in which they are usually situated. COVID‐19 has catalysed their adoption of digital technologies; focused their commitments to social justice; and given new impetus to business models and formats that fully leverage the Internet, especially open access. Economic pressures on higher education that seem set only to increase are also driving university presses to more interdependent approaches and an emphasis on the contributions of the university press network to knowledge infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences. This article explores how university presses have reacted to the COVID‐19 pandemic, with particular reference to the experiences of the University of Michigan Press. It concludes that the diversity of types of university presses is one of the greatest strengths of this field of publishing and makes it resilient in a time of unprecedented change.
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                Contributors
                Journal
                Learned Publishing
                Learned Publishing
                John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
                0953-1513
                1741-4857
                April 2022
                February 07 2022
                April 2022
                : 35
                : 2
                : 209-218
                Affiliations
                [1 ]School of Information Studies Syracuse University Syracuse New York USA
                Article
                10.1002/leap.1447
                6c1b892e-aca9-4154-873b-fd133eff03f4
                © 2022

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                http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/tdm_license_1.1

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                Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Intellectual property law,Information & Library science,Communication & Media studies
                university press,academic library market,e‐books

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