Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how much publishers charge authors if they want to make their books (textbooks or research books) open access?

I am most interested in the field of computer science, and English-speaking venues, but interested in other field and languages as well.

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    Where did you get the idea that publishers ever charge book authors money to make their book open access? I have never heard of such an arrangement and it does not seem like something a publisher in their right mind will propose or an author in their right mind will agree to. I know this happens with journal articles but book publishing is a different world with its own quite different rules. With book publishing (of the legitimate, non-vanity variety) money will only flow from the publisher to the author (usually in not very large quantities as was recently discussed here) AFAIK.
    – Dan Romik
    Mar 2, 2016 at 15:49
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    @DanRomik personal experience. Mar 2, 2016 at 15:50
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    Could that have been based on experience with a vanity publisher or predatory publisher?
    – Dan Romik
    Mar 2, 2016 at 15:53
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    @DanRomik No, happened with some renown publisher. Mar 2, 2016 at 15:54
  • @DanRomik if the book's being made OA, and thus has a negligible revenue stream, if the publisher doesn't charge the author (or author's institution, funding body, etc), how exactly are they going to get the money to publish it? In practice, this doesn't happen much at the moment - but conceptually, it's no different from an OA article publishing charge... Mar 2, 2016 at 16:31

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For SpringerOpen to publish an open access book, author fees vary according to page length, where 525 words = 1 page, and costs start about €7,000.

One option to publish a book for free would be to self-publish it using the open-source, free Open Monograph Press software.


The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology was published earlier this year. It looks at the actual costs to publish rather than charges made by the publisher, but given the very limited size of the OA monograph market at the moment, this may actually be more useful. Given the relative rarity of OA monographs from mainstream publishers, it's likely that many are specifically negotiated on a case-by-case basis and general numbers are not available.

In terms of published charges, Ubiquity offer some indicative figures here, with the caveat that they will vary in practice based on length and other issues. These are probably at the low end of the market, and a traditional publisher is likely to charge more. There are more indicative figures in this report from OAPEN, ranging from under £3000 (Ubiquity) to above £10,000 (Palgrave).

As noted in the comments above, this will vary a lot by discipline and by the type of book - a scientific textbook and a humanities monograph are very different things with different markets, and this will influence what publishers are willing to arrange.

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