Feeding the City Unglue Campaign
Last Summer we made Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan available for free, with donations from supporters reaching our target figure of $7,500 in only a few weeks. This spring we are again hoping to reach our $7,500 target to "unglue" our new book: 'Feeding the City: Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas' by Sara Roncaglia.
If you aren't familiar with Roncaglia's study of the fascinating inner workings of the main food delivery co-operative in Mumbai, it was originally published in Italian and we have translated, revised and updated it. The next step is to make it freely available to everyone around the world. You can read the first chapter here:
Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's workers and students. Feeding the City is an ethnographic study of the fascinating inner workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Giving employment and status to thousands of largely illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation since the late nineteenth century. It provides one of the most efficient delivery networks in the world: only one lunch in six million goes astray.
Cultural anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to the various dietary requirements of a diverse and increasingly global city, where the preparation and consumption of food is pervaded with religious and cultural significance. Developing the idea of "gastrosemantics" - a language with which to discuss the broader implications of cooking and eating - Roncaglia's study helps us to rethink our relationship to food at a local and global level.We want to make this book freely available to as many people as possible, and we are therefore organising a campaign whereby people who think the book should be available to read for free will donate. People can pledge as little as $1 (the typical donation is around $20) and all pledges are collected only when the target amount is reached. You can read more about Feeding the City here, http://bit.ly/13qqv4S.
Based in Cambridge, we are a not-for-profit, Open Access publisher of high-quality textbooks and monographs in the humanities and social sciences. The position would be ideally suited to a Master’s or PhD student in the humanities or social sciences, either currently studying or recently graduated. S/he must have a passion for academic publishing, a good eye for detail and a willingness to lend a hand in all aspects of the organisation. Knowledge of the Microsoft Office package, InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage, although not essential. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate an interest in Open Access publishing.
Duties will include:
- Editing/proofreading manuscripts
- Liaising with authors
- Creating and maintaining metadata records
- Supporting marketing duties
Starting date: end of February 2013
Based in our Cambridge office, the voluntary internship will be 2 or 3 days per week for 3 months. Supervision and support will be provided during the internship as well as career advice along the way. Our previous interns have gone on to work for Cambridge University Press, Routledge and the BBC.
To apply, please email a CV and covering letter to Alessandra Tosi (email@example.com).
Times Higher Education story
Paul Jump speaks very highly of Open Book Publishers in an article in Times Higher Education. Here's an excerpt:
Dr Gatti and fellow Cambridge academic Alessandra Tosi, a Russianist from Clare Hall, decided to set up the non-profit company after tiring of "moaning" to each other about the long lead times and lack of exposure offered by traditional monograph publishing routes.
"There is all this great stuff going on in universities, and nobody gets to read it because of an archaic dissemination model," Dr Gatti said. This, he added, was particularly galling with respect to research germane to topical debates. Books on such subjects that came out three years after they were written were already irrelevant, he complained, while the lack of public access to research meant that some economic arguments that had been discredited in academic circles "40 years ago" were still being commonly espoused.
Read the full article here - http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=421432&c=1
We are recruiting - again!
Business Development and Technical Support Manager
Open Book Publishers is a non-profit and Open Access academic publisher of high quality and rigorously peer reviewed research in the humanities and social sciences. Founded by Cambridge academics 3 years ago, we now have over twenty titles by some of the world’s most respected scholars, including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (Harvard), Caroline Humphrey (Cambridge), Lionel Gossman (Princeton) and Ariel Rubinstein (NYU and Hebrew University).
All our titles are available to read online for free in their entirety. Access to our free digital editions is growing rapidly, with over 30,000 distinct users from 127 countries collectively viewing over 400,000 pages during June 2012 alone. Our titles are also available in traditional hardback and paperback editions together with digital and e-book editions, all of which retail at low prices from our own website and through major retail outlets internationally.
We are spearheading innovative production, distribution and retailing techniques and have been involved in the launches of several important new international Open Access publishing initiatives such as the Directory of Open Access Books, Unglue.it, and OpenEdition. Cambridge based, we have a small number of highly motivated staff, all with post-graduate qualifications and academic backgrounds.
This is an exciting time to be involved in Academic publishing and Open Book Publishers (OBP) is at the vanguard of changes in the industry. Having established a strong reputation for the academic quality of our publications, our commitment to ensuring free access to their publications, and our willingness to introduce innovative publication methods and practices, OBP is now looking to expand the scale and range of its operations.
The Business Development and Technical Support Manager will be responsible for implementing, refining and extending OBP’s ambitious development program, as well as identifying and developing new Open Access publishing opportunities and partnerships as they emerge. S/he will also have responsibility for the management of all the non-academic components of the company, which include: maintaining and developing OBP’s website, digital products and social network presence; managing the sales, revenue generation, marketing and distribution of titles; creating and updating usage statistics and altmetrics; overseeing accounting, employment, legal and business reporting activities; and providing technical and IT support to the Academic Editors.
Starting Date: September 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Location: Cambridge, UK.
Salary: In the range of £25-35,000 pa - depending on experience and qualifications.
The position will be particularly suitable for a person with good IT skills and experience in web and software development, possessing an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to reform academic publishing. It would be desirable for the candidate to have completed a graduate research degree such as a PhD or MPhil. Experience in areas such as Digital Humanities, Digital Publishing or Open Source software development would also be an advantage.
Applications and Closing Date
Applicants are requested to submit a CV and covering letter by email to Rupert Gatti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interviews for this position will commence on 30 July, and the position will stay open until an appointment is made.
Please contact Rupert Gatti (email@example.com, tel: +44 (0)1223 339929) with any questions or for further information about this position.
Thanks to all our readers who helped "unglue" Ruth's book
New interactive edition of Cicero
We are recruiting!
2 days per week for 8-12 weeks. £20-30k pa pro-rata.
We are seeking an energetic IT and digital media specialist to help us develop and improve our website and the digital delivery of our publications and associated material.
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Open Access success stories
New book on apocalypse
The Sword of Judith celebrated at the British Museum
(L-R) Editors of The Sword of Judith: Kevin R. Brine, Henrike Lähnemann and Elena Ciletti
On July 13th, Open Book Publishers joined the second Re:Enlightenment Exchange in London to celebrate our new digital archive of Judith-related images (see below). Our Chairman William St Clair presented editor and Re:Enlightenment founder Kevin R. Brine with a gift of a rare Victorian print of Judith.
Judith images online
Times Higher on Open Access publishing
Amartya Sen's new book available as an ebook
Why Do We Quote? Press Release
Rupert Gatti on academic copyright
The Sword of Judith described as "a quantum leap forward"
Brownshirt Princess praised in Modern Language Review
Daria Santini commends the title:
The Sword of Judith reviewed in the TLS
Ruth Morse comments on the scope of the title:
..as a guide to a subject, however, it is rich beyond what a single printed book can contain. Its parallel existence [in extra resources] is fascinating, useful and potentially endless as a wiki... The essays are by authors learned in fields of unusual variety (hence the subtitle), who write informatively about a small number of characters who have offered material for retelling and ethical argument for over 2,000 years.
Privilege and Property recommended by Times Higher Education
Open Book is delighted that the book has been endorsed by this publication.
Copyright event at the Royal Society
Click here to access the recording.
Privilege and Property in the TLS
Copyright is clearly demonstrated to be not an inalienable right of individual authors but a shifting concept that is socially, historically and geographically determined. Many fascinating issues are raised, notably the nature of copyright in works of visual art: in a particularly interesting contribution concerning the radical nature of the 1862 Fine Arts Copyright Bill, Deazley reflects on the anomaly whereby for 130 years in British law copyright existed in engravings but not in the original works from which engravings were copied...
Privilege & Property promoted in copyright blog
Coleridge's Laws - Publication of the Week
William St Clair to give seminar: Viewing the Acropolis through the ages.
Partnership with World Oral Literature Project at Cambridge University
The Oral Literature Series will work to preserve and promote the oral literatures of indigenous people by publishing materials on endangered traditions in innovative ways. Lying at the intersection of anthropology and linguistics, the study of oral genres is an exciting and developing field, but one with few publishing outlets. While linguists may relegate their textual corpus to an appendix, anthropologists similarly harvest elements of oral literature to make comparative or theoretical points. The richness and contextual meaning of oral narratives is thus often lost in the process. Combining print-on-demand technology with online delivery of multi-media content, the innovative publishing practices adopted by Open Book Publishers make the dissemination of such unique literary traditions possible for the first time. The World Oral Literature Project is committed to supporting the publication and dissemination of transcribed narrative works which have been collected, analysed and glossed by ethnographers, field linguists or local researchers, Open Book Publishers is proud to be working with them to achieve this.
Partnership with Re:Enlightenment Project at NYU and NYPL
The Sword of Judith: Judith Studies Across the Disciplines, imminently due for publication, will be the first title to emerge from this partnership.