We interviewed KU authors to ask their opinion on Open Access and working together with KU. You can read the full interviews here.
KU Author Quotes
"I believe that the benefits in terms of reach, and hopefully impact, have been outweighed by any concern over lack of total revenue."
- Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons, authors of Understanding the Global Energy Crisis (Purdue University Press)
"Open Access can work, without a compromise on scholarly quality, cost (to author and readership) or accessibility."
- Anke Timmermann, author of Verse and Transmutation (Brill)
"I’m also very pleased that my book will be part of the endeavor to democratize knowledge – Open Access is an important part of this."
- Kristin V. Monroe, author of The Insecure City: Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut (Rutgers University Press)
"I hope it will make it possible to have broader discussions on my research and allied topics by making the book accessible."
- Steven Pierce, author of Moral Economies of Corruption: State Formation and Political Culture in Nigeria (Duke University Press)
"[...] a great way for academic books to reach larger audiences and for academic presses and libraries to help face a changing, interconnected world"
- Jason Pierce, author of Making the White Man’s West: Whiteness and the Creation of the American West (University Press of Colorado)
"It is challenging for academics to reach a general audience. I took care to write my book in an accessible manner, but it is still very much a university press publication. Had it been published solely as a traditional book, few outside of academia would have read it, in all likelihood. With KU, however, I was able to add a link directly to my book in the articles I wrote for the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage Blog” this past summer and fall. The Washington Post articles reached a wider audience than anything I have ever written before (the second article alone received 10,000 hits in just a few days), and I had the satisfaction of knowing that if readers wanted to read my book, it was just a click away. I have to believe that the easy availability of the book was behind Al Jazeera America finding me online and requesting my participation as a panellist on their program “Inside Story,” as well. In short, Knowledge Unlatched’s pilot project in Open Access played a vital role in helping my achieve my goals for my book. I could not be more thrilled for my book to be a part of this program. I do not believe I can publish my next book without insisting on an Open Access option: it’s the ethical thing for researchers to do, and it simply makes good business sense for authors in terms of distributing our work."
- Jennifer Fredette, author of Constructing Muslims in France (Temple University Press)