DIY digital editions

January 29, 2015

Claims that monograph publishing is in crisis may be exaggerated, and there may be many opportunities in moving to an open access model, but there are still issues to consider (“Please log in to book a place in the future”, News, 22 January).

One of the problems of digital editions is the continuing high cost of academic e-books, which are often priced the same as the printed volumes. There are less expensive ways to publish digital editions (as .pdfs or even e-books), but compromises will then be necessary.

I have chosen this route myself to make my outputs more easily accessible. For this purpose I use Linux, LyX (LaTeX with a graphical user interface), GIMP (a GNU image manipulation programme) and, where necessary for a geographic information system, QGIS. The file is then exported as a .pdf and sent to my local printer. The printer tidies up the .pdf file using Quark. The end product is an acceptable .pdf and off-print run of 100 hard copies for distribution to the legal deposit libraries and to institutional libraries.

Discounting my time in the basic production, the entire process can be completed for less than £1,000. Although the standard may be compromised to some extent, the output is serviceable for disseminating knowledge and information.

Dave Postles
Via timeshighereducation.co.uk

Times Higher Education free 30-day trial

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show