Open-Access Best Sellers is a post by Lindsay McKenzie in Inside Higher ED that highlights which scholarly monographs are being read most often as it happily notes that “downloads of free scholarly books soar.” But even more interestingly, Ms. McKenzie simultaneously offers a brief state-of-the-art of OA monograph publishing. She quotes people like Joe Esposito, Charles Watkinson, Megan Hall, Lara Speicher, and Mark Edington while at the same time discussing OA monograph publishing at a number of presses including University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, Cornell University Press, Amherst College Press and the recently launched OA press at the London School of Economics. In addition, collaborations with monograph distributors like Knowledge Unlatched Research and JSTOR, as well as the Book Industry Study Group are noted.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.