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Friday, November 8 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
The Short Form Work – eBooks, Journals, Monographs

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A number of trends have contributed to the growth of “short form works” – medium length pieces of 5000 to 30000 words. These shorter works can be an effective format for academic research allowing authors to deeply explore a topic without the extraneous work associated with a typical length book. These works may be more consistent with modern reading habits and digital technologies to deliver this content. While the short form work may not be new to scientific and academic publishing, it is seeing revitalization. From some start-ups exploring this space in the mid-2000’s (Morgan + Claypool and now publishers in 2004), we see this trend moving across the publishing spectrum including university presses (Princeton Shorts and Stanford Briefs) to medium and large commercial STM houses (Springer Briefs and Palgrave Pivot). The business models, publishing models, and terms of sales for this type of content vary greatly. This session would review the publishing environment in this space including a review of publishing approaches and business models and some insight into the growing interest in this publishing format.

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Adam Chesler

Director of Library Relations, Business Expert Press / Momentum Press
Adam manages library relations for Business Expert Press and Momentum Press, two new companies which publish ebooks for business students and engineering professionals, respectively.  Previously he was Content Director for the American Society for Training and Development; prior... Read More →

Zac Rolnik

Publisher, now publishers
Zac Rolnik has spent the last 25+ years in the academic publishing industry and is the founder and publisher at now publishers (www.nowpublishers.com).

Luke Swindler

Collections Management Officer, University of North Carolina
Luke Swindler has been working in collections for over three decades. In his current position he has a leading role in analyzing, planning, and managing library collections generally and spearheading e-books initiatives specifically for the University Library, University of North... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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