Libraries, faculty, and researchers around the world celebrated Open Access Week from Oct. 22 to 28, 2012. SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (www.arl.org/sparc). organizes the program, now in its sixth year. The celebration provides an international forum for sharing the benefits of open access and inspiring wider participation in the open access movement.
I decided to participate in Open Access Week 2012 by highlighting various open access ebook platforms on my blog, No Shelf Required (http:/ /libraries. wright .edu/noshelfrequired). In my research, I discovered a wealth of resources for open access books, many of them international in coverage with a variety of materials in multiple disciplines and languages. As I expected, once I began blogging about open access ebook collections, readers and followers sent me comments and suggestions for additional sources of open access ebooks. The focus of this column is to introduce a variety of open access ebook collections and initiatives. I haven't included unglue.it, as I featured that in my May/June 2012 column.
The collections and initiatives are listed with name, URL, and a brief summary of the content and purpose of the site. If you have suggestions for additional open access ebook collections, send them my way.
(2013). Open Access Ebooks. Online, 37, 70-73.