A two-year AHRC-funded research project exploring the future of the academic book.

The Academic Book of the Future Project is funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the British Library, and looks at how scholarly work in the Arts and Humanities will be produced, read, and preserved in coming years.  We’re exploring key questions like “what is an academic book?”  “who reads them?”, “what can technology do to help make academic books more accessible?” and “how can we make sure academic books, whether print or electronic, are kept safe, and don’t disappear?”

Run by a core team of 5 people from UCL and King’s College, London, who between them have experience in many of the relevant communities of practice, the Project is working closely with librarians, publishers, booksellers, researchers, and readers across the UK and internationally, and we have been holding a host of UK wide workshops and focus groups during 2015-16 to try and get some answers.

Our key event was Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek) 9-16 November 2015, which was backed by the British Library, the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the ALPSPS and many others!

If you’d like to be involved in Academic Book Week 2, or be included on the mailing list about this event, please contact rebecca.lyons@ucl.ac.uk


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