Today AAUP released the report on the results of the recent Digital Book Publishing Strategies Survey.
The Association undertook this survey first in 2009, to begin to understand the extent to which certain digital publishing strategies have been adopted in the book publishing programs of member presses. The Spring 2011 survey updates that snapshot of the community. 71 presses, or 55% of current AAUP membership, completed the 2011 survey, and the survey has good representation from all sales groups.
Unsurprisingly, the 2011 results shows that every press is pursuing at least two digital publishing strategies, and almost all are expanding into many more. However, resource constraints continue to slow the development of healthy experimental models or delay the implementation of necessary digitization and workflow projects. Confirming the findings and recommendations of the recent AAUP report “Sustaining Scholarly Publishing,” this digital pulse-taking indicates that finding new models to support scholarly publishing and strengthening the digital backbone of AAUP members are the top priorities in digital book publishing for the community.