Digitization, Internet publishing and the revival of scholarly monographs: An empirical study in India

  • Rojers P. Joseph Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
  • Shishir K. Jha Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Keywords: Monograph publishing, crisis, print on demand, bundled e-books, e-consortium, revival

Abstract

This research shows the growing utility of internet-based digital models in reviving the crisis-stricken traditional print monograph publishing. The rising prices of scientific journals in the past three decades forced academic and research libraries to resort to cutbacks on monograph budgets. The declining sales to libraries and rising production costs led to a significant drop in global demand for print monographs, rendering monograph publishing financially unattractive. Combining the flexibility of digitized content with the global reach of the Internet, three emerging digital models — print on demand, bundled e-books, and e-consortia — are beginning to revamp the monograph publishing business.

Author Biographies

Rojers P. Joseph, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
Shishir K. Jha, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Associate Professor, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management
Published
2015-01-04
How to Cite
Joseph, R. P., & Jha, S. K. (2015). Digitization, Internet publishing and the revival of scholarly monographs: An empirical study in India. First Monday, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i1.4932