Open access publication initiatives are cropping up as a way for copyright holders to disseminate individual titles internationally. Most of these initiatives, though still in experimental stages of development, are being led by new publishers who are searching for market niches and applying innovative business models. Despite the recency of open access publication, several major tendencies and patterns are clearly emerging. In this chapter, we will be studying several of these initiatives, defining what open access is and how it is applied to books, and examining a number of websites where free open access books can be found.
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eBooks in the public domain