Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: The Academic Book of the Future

    1. Rebecca E. Lyons, Samantha J. Rayner
      Pages 1-9 Open Access
  3. Academics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 10-10
    2. Michael Pidd
      Pages 18-23 Open Access
  4. Publishers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Jenny McCall, Amy Bourke-Waite
      Pages 32-38 Open Access
    3. Frances Pinter
      Pages 39-45 Open Access
    4. Anthony Cond
      Pages 46-55 Open Access
  5. Librarians

  6. Booksellers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jaki Hawker
      Pages 84-91 Open Access
    3. Craig Dadds
      Pages 98-103 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 104-120

About this book


This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca E. Lyons
    • 1
  • Samantha J. Rayner
    • 1
  1. 1.University College LondonUK

About the editors

This volume is written by a cross-section of academics, publishers, booksellers and librarians who are collaborating with the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project. It has been edited by members of the Project team (Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner). Find out more about the Project and its aims here:

Bibliographic information


“It is clear that a great deal of energy has been put into producing this volume, and it is undoubtedly a useful and well-timed book. … serves as a strong and important reflection of the project’s aims and objectives at its current stage. … offers a tantalising promise of what the project will ultimately contribute: an informed and valuable consideration of how the academic book must develop if it is to fulfil the needs of those who engage with it.” (Leah Tether, San Francisco Review of Books,, April, 2017)