Many of us have been missing a short, introductory textbook on Open Access to read for ourselves and to point to for those in need of education on the subject.
Now the book has come! Peter Suber, one of the “grand old men” of Open Access, with his non-partisan writings on most aspects of OA, has written a coherent overview of Open Acces. The book is aptly titled Open Access.
The book takes the reader through the major questions of why and how, varieties of OA, copyright and possible casualties of OA. Suber writes well and it is easy to follow him in his arguments.
Included in the book is a large number of links and references to supplementary material that an interested reader can follow. And the whole book will be released as Open Access next summer.
In addition to the book itself, Suber has created a companion web page with additional information, including new notes and links, and updates to them.
Disclaimer: yes, I am quoted in Suber’s companion web page, and yes, I work as an OA advocate, so I am not impartial.