Biting the ISBN Bullet

For a small publisher, the ISBN is an expensive irritation. The book world relies on the International Standard Book Number for greasing the wheels of distribution and discoverability. The need for a numerical identifier is obvious, and the ISBN—in its 10- or 13-digit...

Considering PubPub

We have written before about testing out Manifold, the polished open source, long-form publishing platform. The software is impressive, supports multimedia, and continues to receive regular updates from Cast Iron Coding. We have also discussed our testing of Janeway,...

Using Github

We recently decided to move all of our public-facing documentation to Github—including this blog. It is a puzzling decision, at first glance. Why turn to a Microsoft-owned code repository to store and share materials related to scholarly publishing? One answer is that...

Reinstalling Manifold

Manifold is the exceptional Mellon-funded digital publishing platform that we are using for our singles (i.e., non-serial) publications. Since our original installation, Manifold development has continued at a torrid pace, with a recent 2.0 release. Even better,...

Planning for the Future: The Library Subsidy Model

In place of subscription revenue, most open access publishers charge article or book “processing charges.” These fees are meant to cover the very real costs of digital publishing, like copy editing and server maintenance. That sounds reasonable, since someone has to...