SPARC-AAUP Webcast: Innovation and the Future of E-Books

On July 27, AAUP and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Center (SPARC) co-sponsored a webcast entitled “Innovation, the future of e-books, and the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative.” Hosted by SPARC’s Jennifer McLennan, the webcast featured a presentation by Darrin Pratt, director of the University Press of Colorado, which explored the Mellon-funded initiative, how the AADMI had evolved from the original proposal, and what the participants were learning.

The initiative partners have shifted their goal from technical innovation to business innovation, and see promise that their results will be scalable beyond the original presses, and perhaps beyond the original discipline as well.

With close to 100 participants from both the publishing and library communities, the presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Asked how the initiative would remain sustainable beyond the duration of the grant, Pratt answered that the most important factor would be partnerships in every phase. Thus far, the presses’ partnership has been a rewarding experience for all involved. Despite all of the presses publishing in the same field, Pratt has found that competition has not been a problem. Instead, collaborating on such a forward-looking project has been energizing.