Stop the Presses: Is the monograph headed toward an e-only future?

Screen capture of the Cover of "Stop the Presses"Scholars may be embracing the digital environment. Does that mean that they are making the transition for scholarly monographs from the print-only to e-only?

“Stop the Presses: Is the monograph headed toward an e-only future?” is an Ithaka Report written by Roger Schonfeld exploring the challenges and possibilities.

Interested in reading it? Go to

MediaBerkman blogs about an interview with Peter Suber

“Disseminating knowledge was once a costly undertaking. The expenses of printing, distributing, and housing the work of researchers and scholars left most research in the hands of publishers, journals, and institutions in a system that has evolved over centuries. And the licensing model that has arisen with that system butts heads with the quick, simple, and virtually free distribution system of the net.

The key to breaking free of the traditional licensing model locking up research is the promise of the “Open Access” movement. And the movement has already made significant strides. Over the summer the United Kingdom was enticed enough by the potential for greater innovation and growth of knowledge to propose Open Access for any research supported by government funds.

But Open Access still remains a wonky, hard to understand subject.

Today, Peter Suber — Director of the Harvard Open Access Project — shares insights with David Weinberger from his new guide to distilling Open Access, called simply Open Access.”

Go to the MediaBerkman blog to read this post, to listen or download to interview

Researchers of Tomorrow:

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee and the British Library have just released a major (17,00 student) study of the behaviors and beliefs of “Generation Y” (eg born 1983-1992) doctoral students involving social media, information access, and related matters.

The entire report is interesting and I recommend you check out the following tables and figures:

Responses to statements about open access (page 26)
Attitude of (main) doctoral supervisor to openness and sharing in research (page 51)

The report is available at: