Launched in Sept 2020, this Toolkit is a free-to-access resource that aims to help academic book authors to better understand open access book publishing, and to promote and increase trust in open access books. The Toolkit is governed by a global team of stakeholders representing the research community, publishers, open access organizations, funders and research support. This resource strives to be an authoritative, credible and stakeholder-agnostic resource for users worldwide.
Authors Alliance provides resources and guidance designed to help creators better understand and leverage their rights.
There are resources on negotiating your publishing contracts and rights reversions (to regain some rights from previously published works).
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an open access model, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.
Open Access Scholarly Book Publishers & Collections
Open Book Publishers is a non profit organization that publishes books in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via their website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere.
"Luminos is University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared."
Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed open-access books in linguistics. All publications are free for both authors and readers. (Currently the publication of a book in Language Science Press is free of charge to authors thanks to generous grants from sponsors.)
Comprehensive Lists of OA Book Publishers and Funding Opportunities:
Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable open access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) seeks to address the funding model problem by moving us toward a new, more sustainable system in which monograph publishing costs are met by institutionally funded faculty book subsidies. This is a 5 year pilot ending in 2022.
"COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) is an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers. It is building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable open access book publishing to flourish."
Help Turn a Traditionally-Published Book into A Free E-Book (Legally!)
At Unglue.it, you can pledge toward creating ebooks that will be legally free, worldwide. These books have already been traditionally published, but they're stuck: legal restrictions keep you from being able to enjoy and share them.
Unglue.it gets them unstuck. Authors and publishers decide what amount lets them freely share their books with the world while still making a living. We raise that fee here through crowdfunding: people like you chipping in. When campaigns succeed, the rights holders get paid, and they issue a free electronic edition under a Creative Commons license.