We do accept proposals for books, so if you have an idea for one you'd like to write, then please submit a proposal.
We're looking particularly for books with a practical focus for LIS professionals and students on a wide range of topics.
Royalty options for authors / editors:
We offer 3 standard options, but are open to alternatives.
1) Fairly Traditional - risk lies with the publisher.
The author or editor receives a percentage of book income, plus three print copies of the book. The print and DRM free ebook will be sold at a standard cost. Author retains copyright, but grants exclusive right to publish for a set period after which it reverts to non-exclusive right to publish, meaning they could host it freely on their own webpage or institutional repository, make derivative works, etc.
2) Author Pays - risk lies with the author, or funding body.
The author or editor pay a set amount for design / copywriting / legal deposit / indexing / etc. (Variable depending on length and author requirements, please get in touch for a quote.) This would mean the ebook is free from day one if the author desires it, with print on demand also available. Author retains full copyright, but grants a non-exclusive right to publish. This would suit Unglueit campaigns, or to suit to requirements of future Research Assessment Exercises (that require Open Access from publication date). Author or editor receives roughly 90% of print book income.
3) Mixed - maximises access while still allowing publishing costs to be recovered.
The author or editor get a reduced percentage of income plus three print copies of the book. Print & ebook would be at a standard cost initially, but the ebook becomes free after a short period (normally 1 year after launch date). Author retains full copyright, but grants exclusive right to publish for one year, followed by non-exclusive right to publish. This would increase impact (as the ebook would be free after a short while), but would try and make the book attractive to buy initially - buyers would essentially pay a premium to get the content early.
Note: In all of these "income" refers to the amount we receive for the sale of each book (sale price of book minus printing, P&P and any distributor commission costs via a print on demand service).