Australia invests $12 million in university press consortium

September 5, 2013

The Australian government announced this week that it will invest $12 million over 3 years in the creation of a government and university press consortium, the Australian Universities Press. Australia’s Book Industry Collaborative Council had earlier issued a recommendation to consider developing a shared production and marketing platform, and many university presses in Australia have long pushed collaboration. The initiative aims to reduce production and marketing costs, “thereby making loss-making scholarly monographs and books sustainable.” Although some smaller, mostly electronic, presses are concerned about investing in production platforms instead of open access, Australia’s innovation minister stated that the consortium will benefit all university presses, online or not. Inside Higher Ed