MIT Press has published its first open access (OA) monographs on the MIT Press Direct platform. Supported by a generous grant from the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, the project is part of a larger initiative to explore alternatives to the traditional market-based business model for professional and scholarly works on specialized subjects.


The following open access books are currently live on MIT Press Direct, the Press’s institutional eBook platform, with many more slated to be released in the coming months:

·         The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America edited by Julian Agyeman and Sydney Giacalone

·         Sulphuric Utopias: A History of Maritime Fumigation by Lukas Engelmann and Christos Lynteris

·         When Things Don’t Fall Apart: Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherenceby Ilene Grabel

·         The Cybernetics Group by Steve Joshua Heims

·         Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematicsby Harold Abelson and Andrea diSessa

·         The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz

Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press, sees this partnership as a way to experiment with transformative open access models. “Publishing academic monographs through a durable OA model allows us to increase the impact of research and uphold our mission to disseminate high-quality scholarship to the widest possible readership,” says Brand. “The publication of the first Arcadia-funded books on the MIT Press Direct platform marks an important step in this project, and in our broader efforts to develop sustainable models for open access scholarly publishing, at a time when public access to knowledge is especially important.”


Access to these Open Access ebooks and other eBooks on MIT Press Direct is available through May 30, 2020, using the link below:


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