The Fifteenth International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries will be held this year at Imperial College London, UK. This year’s conference theme is, “The Publisher is Dead; Long Live the Publisher!”. The event will explore trends in the publishing industry with a keen eye toward the role of indie-publishers. Daniel Berze, Senior Vice-President of Glasstree Academic Publishing, will be speaking at the conference with a particular focus on shifting control within the academic publishing sector.

“To publish is a social and public act. This act is a negotiation between an author, a “publisher,” and an audience. The digital age is said to change the terms of this negotiation. As platforms of production and distribution become more widely accessible, the traditional notion of the “publisher” has in some senses become redundant. In some interpretations “the publisher” is seen as the old guard of an outmoded knowledge system, an unnecessary blockage between the author and his or her audience. In place of “the publisher” we have new digital platforms and information systems available to provide unmediated reach to audiences. In this process, what aspects of the role of the publisher are being offloaded onto the author? What do these changes tell us about the future of publishing and about those who can become “visible” in the new economy?”

Conference Website and Program

The Conference features three sub-themes:

  • Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
  • Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
  • Books and Libraries

The drive behind Glasstree’s launch is the identification of the overwhelming need to shift control from profit driven publishers to knowledge driven academics. Profits are important, but should not be the primary goal of academic publishing. Rather, academics, scholars, researchers, and students should be able to share their knowledge while secure that they can realize a fair profit from their hard work.

An Academic Publisher is not the creator of the work, nor do they deserve credit as such. They play two key rolls—facilitating production and dissemination. The publisher provides the academic author the means to publish and the tools to make the work available. Neither of these roles pertain to actual content creation, and we believe the publisher should focus on providing high quality, cost efficient services, with minimal input on the content.

Glasstree enables academics to make a significant profit from their own work, reversing the traditional academic publishing revenue model, which typically pays authors an average of just 9% royalties, to offer 70% of the profits from sales. Its accelerated speed-to-market allows academics to publish their research in a matter of days or weeks, sharing their insights in record time.

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