Open Access Week: Finding open access books

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As well as journals you will also find other types of material are starting to be made available open access including books. It is not as common to find these as it is journals but more and more are becoming available.

Below is a small selection of some places we have found that are making open access books accessible to everyone.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

  • Over 3000 “academic peer-reviewed books” in a variety of languages and on a variety of topics from 122 publishers.

AU Press (Athabasca University Press)

  • This is a open access scholarly press from Canada’s equivalent of the Open University. There are eBooks on the humanities and social sciences – look for the “free PDF” link to download the titles.

OAPEN Library

  • The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

National Academies Press

  • Over 5000 books on a variety of topics that can be read online or downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.

This post has been put up as part of International Open Access Week. To see the programme of drop-ins and workshops running this week please follow this link.

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