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Open Access is open access.

I'm happy to announce that my book on OA (Open Access, MIT Press, 2012) is now OA. The book came out in mid-June last year, and the OA editions came out one year later, right on schedule. My thanks to MIT Press.
http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/open-access

Today MIT Press released four OA editions:  

PDF
http://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/9780262517638_Open_Access_PDF_Version.pdf

HTML 
http://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/openaccess/Suber_05_toc.html

ePub
http://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/9780262517638_Open%20Access_ePUB_Version.epub

and Mobi.
http://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/9780262517638_Open_Access_Mobi_Version.mobi

The paperback edition is still available as well.

I'm working on my own OA edition of the book, which will incorporate my updates and supplements. Meantime, all the updates and supplements are themselves OA. When my edition is ready, I'll blog it here and link to it from the update page itself.
http://bit.ly/oa-book

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Just in time for my open access class this July! I've ordered print copies of the text anyways the price is quite affordable. 
 
Thank you Peter for this book, I have been following your OA articles and have been helpful to understanding the movement.
 
A commendable example of positive, actual, action - rather than rhetoric and aspiration, on open access. Well done and much appreciated  
 
Great! I like that it's offered in all major formats instead of just PDF!
 
FYI - the print copies for my class are available at UBC bookstore now. Only $13.35!!! Thanks for negotiating an affordable cost for your book, Peter.
 
Thanks, Peter. Why have you and MIT gone for CC BY-NC rather than CC BY-SA?
 
Hi Daniel. I wanted CC-BY and the result is a compromise. The press felt that NC was as far as it could go. 
 
In this case, I think it may in fact be in conflict with their business model. With CC-BY, anyone could just print it and sell the printed version at a lower price (because their cost is only the printing cost), directly competing with MIT Press.
I don't know if they already recouped all of their initial cost, but if not, I understand that they don't want others to beat them on price for the printed version.
 
But CC BY-NC is NOT Open Access in the sense of Open Content. By all definitions of "Open" the NC license is closed content... It can be read (but a non-licensed text could be read as well), but it basically cannot be re-used... 
 
Thank you Peter. The paperback version is in our house library at ABOTA and the OA  version has now been added to the 628TB+ ABOTA LOCKSS Repository at Hesquiat
 
Gregor, this is not helpful. There is no consensus that open access need involve permitting commercial uses. I love that Suber's book on open access was first available in print, and now as CC-BY-NC, just as I love the irony that "Students for Free Culture" are deprecating NC when Lessig's Free Culture is available two ways - print, or open access with an NC license. The group would not exist without a work that is either ARR or NC :) There are pros and cons to permitting or not permitting commercial rights downstream - I write about this at length in my series Open Access and Creative Commons critique: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/2012/10/critique-of-cc-by-series.html
 
Thanks for the read! You are still the only person that I follow on google+. I am of the camp that thinks OA was/is a lucky accident perhaps, but even the sun rising is serendipity for me. Usually I must automatically parse through people's syntax in papers but your writing is clear and concise I find I don't have to do that at all! I love it!
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