Open Book Publishers was founded in 2008 by a small group of academics at the University of Cambridge. Since then, we have grown into an international network of scholars who believe that it is time for academic publishing to become fairer, faster and more accessible. We are a registered Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC). At Open Book Publishers we are changing the nature of the traditional academic book. Our books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. We are proud to say that our free online books are currently being accessed by thousands of readers each month in over 180 countries. In addition, our digital publishing model allows us to extend our books well beyond the printed page. We are creating interactive books, and works that incorporate moving images, links and sound into the fabric of the text. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources freely available on our website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.
Online readers per year (2009-13)
Dr. Alessandra Tosi
is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Open Book Publishers. Alessandra is a specialist in nineteenth-century Russian fiction, reception and gender studies. A past Wingate Fellow, MHRA Research Fellow and a visiting fellow at Harvard University and the EUI, Alessandra has held academic positions at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and at the University of Exeter. Her publications include Waiting for Pushkin: Russian Fiction in the Reign of Alexander I
(2006) and, co-edited with Wendy Rosslyn, Women in Russian Culture and Society, 1700-1825
(2007) and Women in Nineteenth- Century Russia: Lives and Culture
(2012). She is presently Life Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. Email
a.tosi[at]openbookpublishers.com. . .
William St. Clair is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. William is a Fellow of the British Academy and has held fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge and Harvard. His publications include That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Philhellenes in the War for Independence (rev. ed. 2008) and historical studies of literary dissemination. Email ws214[at]cam.ac.uk
Dr. Rupert Gatti
is a co-founder and the third Director of Open Book Publishers. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is a Director of Studies in Economics. His published academic work includes microeconomic analysis of competition in online markets, game theory and search theory. He has held visiting positions at MIT and University of Florence, acted as an Economic Advisor on several EU competition studies, is on the advisory board of a range of Open Access initiatives and is a frequently invited speaker on the OA movement. Email
The three directors, from right to left
(Senior Director, Mobile Learning at Qualcomm)
Dr. Mark Turin
(University of Cambridge and Yale University)
Prof. William M. Todd III
(Harvard College Professor of Russian Literature and Comparative Literature)
ITDigital Product Manager: Bianca Gualandi
has recently completed her Master in Digital Humanities at King's College London. Email
IT Support and Development: Nik Sultana is a post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, specializing in logic.
Web developer: Leif Denby
is a doctoral research student at the Laboratory for Scientific Computing, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on computational fluid dynamics. Email
is completing her PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the Mediterranean in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Email
is a writer and researcher specializing in Romantic literature and the history of celebrity culture. Webpage
Assistant EditorsKatie Simkin
has completed her Masters in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford.
Cover Designer and Illustrations ManagerHeidi Coburn is studying towards her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on the material culture of Ireland during the seventeenth century.
Anastasios Tzitzikos recently completed a Masters in Digital Humanities at King's College London. He is now working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Information Sciences at UCL.
Laura Skerrett recently graduated from the University of Essex with a bachelor's degree in English Literature and is currently working towards a career in publishing.