Nobody ever published scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences to get rich. But these days the question is how publishers can afford to produce them at all, especially as the main customers for those books—academic libraries—face ever-shrinking budgets, and the open-access movement has pumped up expectations that scholarship should be shared as widely and cheaply as possible.
Still, colleges and universities expect professors in humanities and social sciences to write and publish monographs to prove their professional worth. (In other words, it’s still publish or perish.) Ebooks seem like a natural part of the solution—but they still require skill and labor to produce and distribute, and somebody has to pay.
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