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I just saw this post from John Wilbanks - it's worth a read.

Here is the original post from Pratham Books.

  • Lastly, when we looked at the cumulative sales data for CC books that were available on Scribd vs. CC books that were not available on Scribd, we were astounded to see that the former outsold the latter in such dramatic fashion in almost a 3:1 ratio. While we would be hesitant to say, given the specifics of our market and our model, that making books openly licensed and available online increased sales, we are a lot more confident in claiming that, at worst, it does not seem to depress sales of those books. And that, in itself, is an important learning for us and as it should be for the rest of the publishing industry.
Cable

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Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
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Message from mackintosh.wayne@gmail.com

Thanks Cable,

The findings are similar to those reported by McGreal and Chen comparing sales of an open access university press with  traditional presses. Going open is not necessarily bad for business ;-).

W

I just saw this post from John Wilbanks - it's worth a read.

Here is the original post from Pratham Books.

  • Lastly, when we looked at the cumulative sales data for CC books that were available on Scribd vs. CC books that were not available on Scribd, we were astounded to see that the former outsold the latter in such dramatic fashion in almost a 3:1 ratio. While we would be hesitant to say, given the specifics of our market and our model, that making books openly licensed and available online increased sales, we are a lot more confident in claiming that, at worst, it does not seem to depress sales of those books. And that, in itself, is an important learning for us and as it should be for the rest of the publishing industry.
Cable

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Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Message from mackintosh.wayne@gmail.com

Thanks Cable,

The findings are similar to those reported by McGreal and Chen comparing sales of an open access university press with  traditional presses. Going open is not necessarily bad for business ;-).

W

Message from david.wiley@gmail.com

This is simliar to our results from a few years ago, too.

Hilton, J. & Wiley, D. (2010). Free: Why authors are giving books away on the Internet. Tech Trends, 54(2), p. 43-48. DOI: 10.1007/s11528-010-0381-8

Hilton, J., Wiley, D. (2010). The short-term influence of free digital versions of books on print sales. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 13(1). DOI: 10.3998/3336451.0013.101