Publishers of OA books
This list is part of the Open Access Directory.
- This is a list of publishers of OA books.
- As of February 10, 2013, there are 82 publishers on the list.
- When possible, please annotate each publisher:
- to indicate whether it publishers just a line (series, imprint, etc.) of OA books, or whether all its books are OA
- to indicate whether it publishes OA monographs, textbooks, novels, or other kinds of OA books
- to indicate whether the OA books are also offered in priced, printed editions, perhaps print-on-demand (POD) editions
- to indicate when it launched its (different lines of) OA books
- to indicate the licensing terms on its OA books
- to use deep links to the relevant parts of its portfolio (i.e. its OA line of books or its different lines of OA books)
- (If you don't have some of this information, add the entry anyway. Different users can add different details over time.)
- Related lists in OAD: OA book business models
- For real-time news about OA books, including announcements about OA book publishers not yet reflected here, follow the oa.books and oa.textbooks tags of the OA Tracking Project. Also see the oa.books.sales tag for studies, news, and anecdotes on whether full-text OA books help or hurt the sales of print editions.
- Academy of Science of South Africa Scholarly Publishing Programme
- The Academy of Science of South Africa Scholarly Publishing Programme, born out of a 2008 proposal to the Department of Science and Technology, is “focused on the enhancement of the quality, quantity and worldwide visibility of original, peer-reviewed publications produced by researchers in the public sector.” The current available gratis OA work may be purchased through print on demand.
- Amedeo "serve[s] the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends". Among the services Amedeo provides are "weekly emails with bibliographic lists about new scientific publications, personal Web pages for one-time download of available abstracts..., and an overview of the medical literature published in relevant journals over the past 12 to 24 months". Launched in 2006, Amedeo Challege is an imprint of Amedeo that commissions OA books written by medical and health care experts.
- AMS Books Online
- The AMS Books program of the American Mathematical Society has published "books that further mathematical research, awareness, education, and the profession while generating resources that support other Society programs and activities" since the 1890s. Several titles from AMS's Mathematics History series are OA, for which priced editions are available. See the copyright and permission information.
- Amsterdam University Press
- Amsterdam University Press was founded in 1992, and since 2008 has worked to promote OA publishing efforts; its catalogue is focused on “scholarly and trade publications…in the area of humanities (language and literature, history, film studies, art) and social sciences.” Many of the titles are available through the OAPEN repository; and print-on-demand editions of these works are offered. Creative Commons licensing is used.
- Athabasca University Press
- Athabasca University Press is the publishing center for Athabasca University, and is part of the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library. AU Press publishes the following OA titles. The books are available electronically as PDFs, but are also available for purchase in print. All AU Press publications are protected by copyright, and in many cases are licensed through Creative Commons; details thereon are available.
- Atlantis Press
- Launched in 2006, Atlantis Press is a scientific publisher that produces “high quality, peer-reviewed conference articles, journals and books.” Most of the booklist is not OA because, as noted in the vision statement, “we think that there is still a need for publishing books in print”; however, three editions, Activity Recognition in Pervasive Intelligent Environments, Trust Networks for Recommender Systems, and Nonlinear Hybrid Continuous/Discrete-Time Models, are available through Springer Link. Print editions are available for purchase, and Creative Commons licensing is used.
- Australian National University (ANU) E Press
- Launched in 2003 "to advance the intellectual output of the academic community of ANU and associated researchers," the ANU E Press offers an OA collection "across a wide variety of academic disciplines" that is also available for print-on-demand purchase. Authors retain their copyrights, and ANU holds distribution rights; details are available.
- Baen Books
- Baen Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher whose “author(s) can, at their own personal discretion, put up online for free any book published by Baen”; this collection, called the Baen Free Library, has been operational since 2000. These author-submitted titles are gratis OA, with print and electronic versions available for purchase, as well as webscriptions.
- Bauhaus-Universität Weimar University Press
- The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar University Press operates as a division of the library and publishes print media covering a “wide range of artistic and scientific publications from all four faculties at the university.” The gratis OA titles, which have been published since 2008, can be found here. Priced editions are available for purchase. Copyright and licensing information and conditions of use are available.
- Berlin Academic
- Berlin Academic was founded in 2010 by Berlin Verlag and sister company Bloomsbury Publishing. Their first titles are forthcoming, but Berlin Academic will publish both English and German language academic and professional work in the humanities and social sciences. While Berlin Academic has a "special focus on digital developments and Open Access," print on demand and ebooks will be available for purchase. Berlin Academic’s publication models are flexible, and their licensing, based on Creative Commons licenses, is the author's choice.
- Bloomsbury Academic
- Bloomsbury Academic is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing for OA books in the social sciences and humanities. Most of its books are OA, and all its OA books are also available in print editions. OA editions are published under CC-BY-NC licenses. In 2009, it purchased a back-list of upper level textbooks from Hodder Arnold, and from Duckworth Academic and Bristol Classical Press in 2010.
- Founded in November 2008, Bookboon.com provides all its customized, European-academician authored publications gratis OA; an e-mail address and name of the state in which user is dwelling is required for access. Advertisements in the e-books are used to generate funding. Bookboon specializes in textbooks, and its holdings cover thirty-one textbook topics; travel guides for six continents; and books covering thirteen business subjects. Terms of Service are available.
- CK-12 Foundation
- CLACSO-Latin America Social Science Council
- CLACSO, a network of 346 social science institutions in 25 countries publishes all its 729 books, with only a very few exceptions, and 2 journals, in open access within CLACSO´s digital repository. Mainly books in Spanish and Portuguese, and a growing collection in English, with research results from its member institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The books are also offered in priced printed version. The OA collection started in 1998. The Argentine copyright law requires in the printed version indicating copyright restrictions, but CLACSO adds, in the following line, a statement indicating that the full-text is available in CLACSO´s digital repository which has a CC-BY-NC-SA licence for its contents.
- Co-Action Publishing
- Founded in January 2007, Co-Action Publishing is a for-profit company whose aim is to provide fair-priced services to societies wishing to pursue scholarly, open access publishing, while developing "...an international list of scholarly Open Access journals and books for a global audience" (Co-Action Publishing, 2011). Additionally, Co-Action Publishing maintains relationships with funding agencies to help societies acquire the financial resources they need to pursue their OA publishing endeavors. Co-Action Publishing has also created an online guide to provide groups key knowledge on how to launch and operate scholarly, open access journals. Co-Action provides publishing, administration, consulting, training, and peer-review services for books, journals, meeting minutes or conferences, dissertations, and more. Available journals and books are listed. Copyright and licensing details are provided.
- Collaborative Books Project
- A collaborative textbook publisher, the Collaborative Books Project (Collabooks), allows for anyone to edit and contribute to their textbooks. Collabooks focuses one four main categories of books: how-to, medicine and health, science, and philosophy, and there is a subset of the knol.gooogle.com beta service that allows people to self-publish articles through the website. Though all knols are available to the public for free, it is unclear that anyone has created a Collabook for distribution at this point. Licensing information is provided.
- College Open Textbooks
- College Open Textbooks is an entirely OA, Creative Commons licensed provider of peer-reviewed textbooks. The project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and is supported by a large consortium of academic, non-profit, and governmental institutions. The booklist is available here. There does not appear to be a print-on-demand pay service; the CC licensing allows users to print off their own physical copies. See also CCCOER, below.
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
- CCCOER is a large consortia that provides open access digital textbooks. Many of the books are libre OA, licensed under Creative Commons, but they also offer gratis OA material that is free to read online. The content is generally intended for use in community college courses. The group is part of the College Open Textbooks service, which carries peer-reviewed open textbooks.
- Computers and Composition Digital Press
- Founded in 2007, in the spring 2008 the Computers and Composition Digital Press became affiliated with The Institute for the Future of the Book, and in the fall of 2008 the press became an imprint of the Utah State University Press. From its call for papers c. June 2008 (now offline, but quoted from a blog post at OAN): "The mission of Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) is to ensure open access to information for scholars worldwide and to provide a venue for the Web publication of peer-reviewed scholarly projects in a wide-variety of forms (ranging from primarily textual/verbal ebooks to integrated multimedia projects incorporating video, audio, animation, etc.)..." Available titles are listed, and copyright and licensing policies are addressed.
- Cornell University Library
- The Internet-First University Press, launched in January 2004, is an OA repository collection at Cornell University. The university-related scholarly titles are available electronically “without fees or restrictions on personal use”; permissions and licensing information is available from Cornell University's Digital Consulting & Production Services. Print on demand is supported by Cornell Business Services (CBS) Digital Services.
- Signale is a joint venture of Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library launched in 2010. The book series publishes works on “modern German letters, cultures, and thought”; some of the titles are available gratis OA, and print editions are available for purchase.
- Diane Publishing
- In September 2006, Diane Publishing “made all of its titles in Google Book Search 100 percent viewable.” These gratis OA Diane Publishing works include government documents and reports. Print copies may be purchased directly from Diane Publishing, along with the remainder of the titles they distribute. Google’s terms of service apply.
- Eldritch Press
- This site is no longer updated, and as a result many of the links do not work. The live book links are now made available through links to the Web Archive. These titles are in the public domain and are distributed with Creative Commons licensing.
- European Geosciences Union (EGU)
- The EGU is the largest scientific association in Europe for the geosciences and planetary and space sciences, founded in 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG). The EGU offers quality scientific discussion and publications written by more than 60,000 scientists worldwide for free access on the Internet. EGU Open Access publications are listed here. All OA publications are available under Creative Commons Attribution Licensing.
- Flying Publisher
- Flying Publisher is an online publisher of medical guides, books, and articles. This material is made available to the public free of charge through the websites Amedeo, Free Books 4 Doctors, and the Flying Publisher websites. In addition, printed copies of the material are available for a fee through Amazon. Authors are asked to submit articles or guides of no more than 75 pages.
- Fordham University Press
- Since 1907, Fordham University Press has published works on the "humanities and the social sciences...[the] metropolitan New York region and books of interest to the general public." In the fall of 2009, the press partnered with Fordham's Walsh Library to create an OA Electronic Books collection in Digital Research@Fordham, the university's institutional repository. Print editions are available for purchase.
- Fountain Publishers Limited
- Fountain Publishers, “one of East Africa’s leading publishing houses with over 1000 titles in school textbooks, academic, general, fiction, tourism, children and local language books,” started experimenting with gratis OA books in 2009, and currently offers a few such titles, which address "health and welfare" and "government and public administration" topics. Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND licensing is used with these works, and print versions are available directly from Fountain Publishers.
- Free High School Science Texts
- The Free High School Science Texts project aims to promote science education in South Africa by providing free science and math textbooks, written by volunteers, to students; the latest releases, from September 2010, are available as PDFs here. The books are offered under the GNU Free Documentation License and are royalty-free.
- Free Press
- Free Press publishes “writing of all kinds - any language, any style, genre or subject matter, experimental or traditional, unpublished or previously published.” Initially launched in August 2006 as “a project of artist Sal Randolph,” Free Press accepted submitted works "from September 16 to October 15, 2006". Following the exhibit, "the Free Press site will remain, and people will be able to download books and order print copies" from Lulu.com. All of the titles are libre OA, and Creative Commons licensing is used.
- French Creek Press
- French Creek Press is a “a print-on-demand publishing and technical communications house catering to the needs of the high-tech industry and independent authors” that has been operating since 2009. Its OA series, “eBooks of the Classics,” serves as a sample for users to explore ebook functionality with the provided titles. Print on demand is only available for French Creek Press’s author list, and licensing is not addressed.
- FullBooks.com hosts “thousands of full-text free books,” of classic works. It is an ad-supported site that was created in 2004 and is owned by Advameg. Licensing is not noted and print editions are not available.
- Global Text Project
- Goa, 1556
- Goa, 1556, launched in 2007, publishes Goa-related nonfiction. About half of its booklist is available OA through Google Books, and all of the titles may be purchased as print editions. Goa, 1556 “supports the principles of copyleft, sharing information and knowledge, and following alternative modes of publishing,” and as such works with their authors to encourage the use of open licensing, often through Creative Commons.
- Hamburg University Press
- Per Google Translate, Hamburg University Press “publishes selected works of scientists from the University of Hamburg as well as other scientific and science-related institutions.” Since 2007, all of the titles have been gratis OA, though print-on-demand editions are available for purchase. Creative Commons licensing may be used by the author.
- Hikari Ltd.
- Hikari Ltd. is a Bulgaria-based publisher of peer-reviewed OA journals and monographs specializing in mathematics, physics, engineering, and biology. The publisher offers online OA only; print-on-demand service is not available. Publication fees are the main source of funding. The website does not give any copyright or permissions information. A full listing of their journals and monographs leads users directly to the OA content.
- HSRC Press
- HSRC Press publishes high-quality social science research, both the "output of the Human Science Research Council and externally authored works.” In 2004 the press switched to a hybrid publishing model. Since then, most titles are available as either gratis OA or print-on-demand editions. Licensing terms are not discussed.
- Indiana University Press Online
- InTech (also known as Sciyo, see below)
- InTech is an OA publisher of science, technology, and medical books and journals for research. It has published more than 1600 books, and twelve scientific journals, which are freely available online or download in PDF format under Creative Commons license, since 2004. It recently released InTechOpen.com to host Intech's OA publications.
- Libertas Academica
- MediaCommons Press
- MediaCommons Press is an “all-electronic scholarly publishing network focused on the field of media studies,” and as such print availability is not discussed. Launched in 2009, MediaCommons Press publishes libre OA work “from article to monograph length.” Its current booklist and its copyright policy are noted.
- Medrounds Publications
- MIT Press
- MIT Press has experimented with publishing OA books with parallel print editions. Recent support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation helped to underwrite the MIT Press Series on Digital Media and Learning, which "examines the effect of digital media tools on how people learn, network, communicate, and play." Most titles in the series are libre OA, with priced printed editions available.
- Monash University Publishing
- In September 2010 Monash University ePress was recast as Monash University Publishing. This transition focused the press' output "on open access publishing, particularly but not exclusively of scholarly monographs." All of the titles, which focus on "the humanities and social sciences," are available as gratis OA and may be purchased in print. Copyright remains with Monash University Publishing, details of which may be found here.
- The National Academies Press
- National Academies Press publishes OA monographs on medicine, engineering, and sciences. The titles are also available to purchase in print form. The NAP began selling PDF book downloads in 1996, and 2011 they lifted the pay wall. All titles are protected by all rights reserved copyright. PDF files may not be shared without permission from the publisher. In order to maximize the impact of their work, however, NAP encourages readers to share the unique URL to the book with their colleagues.
- The Ohio State University Press
- The Ohio State University Press' Open Access Initiative has digitized more than 80 books and has made them available as free PDFs. Generally no longer available as print editions, these books may be used for any non-commercial purpose.
- Ontos Verlag
- Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)
- Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) provides free, peer-reviewed, open access e-books (monographs), and edited volumes pertaining to the social sciences and the humanities found here. Further still, OAPEN uses various Creative Commons licenses to provide authors with the means to direct the usage and further dissemination of their works (i.e., attribution, third parties use, commercial use, and derivative works). Terms and conditions and copyright details are available.
- Open Book Project
- Open Book Publishers
- Founded in 2008 at the University of Cambridge, Open Book is a nonprofit publisher of peer-reviewed, academic books. The books can be viewed online for free (via Google Books), while digital PDF editions and POD paperback and hardback editions are available for purchase. They are licensed under the CC-by-NC-ND license for England and Wales.
- Open Humanities Press
- OpenStax College
- OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization offering free textbooks developed and peer-reviewed by educators primarily from Rice University. It is an initiative of Rice University and Connexions, supported by the Hewlett, Gates, Twenty Million Minds Foundation, and Maxfield Foundation. The five initial textbooks (1 May 2012) proposed were Introduction to Sociology, Biology, Concepts of Biology, College Physics and Anatomy and Physiology.
- O'Reilly Media
- O’Reilly Media publishes media and technology books. Its libre OA series Open Books, which was launched in 2003, is a partnership with the Internet Archive and Creative Commons. Print editions of these works are available. The series has “use[d] various open licenses,” but since 2003 Creative Commons licensing has been used.
- PaperC is an open source library developed in Germany by Felix Hofmann and Martin Frohlich in 2009. It currently offers over 11,800 "academic, reference and technical texts" ebooks for free (which are OA for a limited time per book) to registered users. Users can also create a personal online library. A premium service allows users to download, annotate, copy, or print content by page. Content is available in over 12 languages, including English, German, French, and Spanish.
- Paradise Publishers
- Paradise Publishers is an umbrella company that encompasses two digital publishers and one e-commerce site: Foboko, Free-ebooks.net, and One Smart Cart. The books are uploaded and published through Foboko, and free samples and full-work downloads are available to registered users on Free-ebooks.net. This is a self-publishing platform that draws revenue from ads placed in the books, and as such the books are not necessarily suited for an academic environment.
- Pennsylvania State University Press (PSUP)
- Metalmark Books. A series of "facsimile editions...of out-of-print, public domain works that hold a significant place in Pennsylvania’s rich literary and cultural past," Metalmark Books are the product of a collaboration between the PSUP and the Pennsylvania State University's Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing. Print on demand editions are available, complementing the online editions.
- Potto Project
- Pratham Books
- Punctum Books
- Punctum Books is an open-access and print-on-demand independent publisher dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage. They publish both journals and books (under various imprints). The books are published under CC-BY-NC-ND licenses.
- Purdue University Press
- Purdue University Press publishes books and journals on topics “including business, technology, health, veterinary sciences, and other selected disciplines in the humanities and sciences.” The gratis OA booklist is available through Purdue e-Pubs, but may also be purchased in print editions. Licensing terms are discussed.
- Rand Corporation
- A nonprofit with a mission "[to] help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis," RAND "disseminates its research findings as widely as possible to benefit the public good." RAND publishes gratis OA monographs, which are available for purchase in print form. Permissions information is provided, and RAND retains copyright.
- re.press is an Australian based company, which seeks to publish as many Open Access "rigorous" Philosophical works to anyone with an internet connection as they can. They use an open access license that allows for the greatest possible dissemination of their authors' works. See their policy here. Hard copies of the titles are available for sale.
- Rice University Press
- Relaunched in 2006, after having been defunct since 1996, Rice University Press published an all-OA collection that was available for POD purchase. In 2010, Rice University Press was closed once again, due to financial constraints. Titles are still housed in Connexions to be read as the online editions, and may be purchased in print form from Qoop.
- Sciyo (previously known as In-Tech, see above)
- Sciyo is an open access publisher in the field of science and technology. Sciyo's database features free scientific books, journals, and videos; the booklist is available here. As their website states: "It's free for everyone, anywhere in the world so long as the original author(s) and source are correctly credited." All publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. Authors are charged 470 euro (as of 2010) and there is a peer review process for publication. See an interview by Richard Poynder, The OA Interviews: Sciyo's Aleksandar Lazinica, 12 February 2010.
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Society of Biblical Literature's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) "provides free electronic access" to their titles on "biblical scholarship" to users (identified by IP address) in developing countries. The complete booklist is provided, but select works are available here and here to all users, regardless of geographic location. Print editions are available for purchase. Licensing terms and the Society of Biblical Literature's OA policy are addressed.
- Texas A&M University Press Consortium
- Since 1974, Texas A&M University Press Consortium has published work covering "agriculture, anthropology, nautical archaeology, architecture, borderland studies, economics, military history, natural history, presidential studies, veterinary medicine, and works on the history and culture of Texas and the surrounding region." An OA series, the Carolyn & Ernest Fay Lecture and Book Series in Analytical (Jungian) Psychology, was established in 2009 "to further the ideas of C. G. Jung among students, faculty, therapists, and citizens." These works are available either through the University's repository or as a print-on-demand edition through the press.
- TU Ilmenau Press
- Tyndale Press
- University of Adelaide Press
- The University of Adelaide Press is the OA imprint of the now-divided University of Adelaide Barr Smith Press. Launched in October 2009, all of the titles, which are monographs or edited collections of "the University's intellectual and scholarly output,” are gratis OA; conditions of use are available here. Print on demand editions of the titles may be purchased.
- University of California Press
- The University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, established in 2000 as the eScholarship initiative and managed by the California Digital Library Publishing Group, has published a large OA digital library of about 2,000 books, and of these about 25% are available to the general public. The books are copyrighted to the Regents of the University of California. Print editions are available for purchase. The titles in the collection were published between 1982 and 2004 by UC-based scholars, with topics ranging from humanities, art, and religion to the sciences.
- eScholarship was launched in October 2009 and is now operational as the "open access publishing and dissemination service for the University of California." A booklist is available, as is print on demand, and copyright and licensing details are provided.
- FlashPoints is a gratis OA series for a "broad audience within the humanities and the social sciences concerned with moments of cultural emergence and transformation." Copyright remains with the Regents of the University of California, and print ePub editions are available for purchase.
- University of Chicago Oriental Institute Publication Program
- University Press of Florida
- In September 2009, the University Press of Florida and Florida's Orange Grove repository, "an online library of openly available instructional resources for Florida's educators," partnered to offer OA scholarly monographs and textbooks from the University Press of Florida. Print on demand editions are available, and copyright is open under Creative Commons Licensing. Titles may be browsed here.
- University of Georgia Press
- The Georgia History Ebook Project was announced March 26, 2011. The project is a collaboration with the Digital Library of Georgia and makes early and seminal works on Georgia’s history and culture available as free downloadable PDFs. The books are gratis OA, without open licenses. Print editions are for sale from the press.
- University of Michigan Press
- The Digital Culture Books imprint of the University of Michigan Press publishes open access Creative Commons titles in the field of critical media studies. Books are free to read online and available to purchase in print or as offline e-book editions. The imprint has published more than 20 books since being founded in 2006. Digital Culture Books is created with the assistance of MPublishing, part of the University of Michigan Press.
- University of Pittsburgh Press, Digital Editions
- In 2007 the University of Pittsburgh Press partnered with the University Library System to establish Digital Editions, the gratis OA series. The available titles are digitized works from “the Pitt Latin American Series, Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, and Composition, Literacy and Culture"; print editions are available for purchase. Rights and permissions are discussed here.
- University of South Carolina Press
- AccessAble Books, a collaborative imprint between University of South Carolina Press and the University of South Carolina Libraries, provides gratis access to books that are "important out-of-print volumes of scholarship and regional history." Titles are available as a University of South Carolina Libraries digital collection, and may be purchased through the University's press.
- University of Tennessee Libraries, Newfound Press
- Following its launch in 2005 as an imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Newfound Press publishes “scientific research, humanistic scholarship, and artistic creation.” The OA booklist is available in print-on-demand editions through the University of Tennessee Press. Creative Commons licensing is used for this imprint.
- Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. Set up almost exactly as Wikipedia, the content is in various languages. There are over 37,000 books that can be viewed by subject. Books are in wiki format (see the example on Art History). Creative Commons and GNU Free Documentation licensing is used. Print copies are not available.
- Worldreader.org is a nonprofit group with a mission "to make digital books available to all in the developing world." Through partnerships with numerous organizations and private donors, Worldreader.org provides e-readers loaded with discounted and gratis OA titles to "underserved areas and underprivileged peoples." Publisher sponsors and individual authors have donated work, and Worldreader.org supplements these titles by digitizing books from African publishers that are then sold electronically, and in turn receives these "textbooks and storybooks" to distribute gratis OA to program participants.