From The New Publishing Standard:
A survey of the 154-member Association of University Presses (AUP) reveals the pandemic has set in train a rapid and likely unstoppable transition to digital.
As reported by the UK trade journal The Bookseller, the Cambridge University Press (CUP) saw the expected fall in sales as lockdown closed schools and universities, but while print sales are reviving, the pandemic has, according to CUP’s MD of Academic Publishing Mandy Hill,
accelerated the shift to digital for both institutional and individual customers.
Per The Bookseller’s summary, Hill expects that trend to continue.
Anthony Cond, MD of the Liverpool University Press (LUP), said the pandemic had presented uni presses with,
the unique opportunity to reset spending.
Cond said the shift online of conferences and events had delivered increased engagement and financial savings.
. . . .
David Clark,managing director of the academic division of the Oxford University Press said that institutional customers have,
moved wholeheartedly to digital formats.
Link to the rest at The New Publishing Standard
Having worked in the university library during his freshman year in college, PG has no doubt that college and university libraries find that ebooks save lots of money that would otherwise be spent on employees returning physical books to their proper place in the stacks, helping confused students find where the Armenian Anthropology books reside, etc.
As PG discovered, if the library is large enough, a book reshelved in the wrong location is as good as lost. More than one student who pulls out a physical book on one floor of the library who can’t find a study carrel on that floor or is meeting friends for joint “study” on another floor will quite often put the book on the most convenient shelf available on the way toward the closest exit.
PG once discovered a thin volume that had slid down a gap between two large metal bookcases that were placed back to back. How long the book had been hidden in that location between the bookshelves, PG could not speculate other than to say there was a great deal of dust on it.