Library Publishing Toolkit – an update 1 month since publication

We published the Library Publishing Toolkit on August 1st and reflecting upon this hybrid publication, free online or pay for print, we wanted to share what happened since publication.

We had some 3,680 views in August, according to WordPress, and we had 1,881 unique visitors and 2,223 visits according to Google Analytics. Google Analytics shows of these 2.2K visits 1,793 were from the U.S. It is wonderful to see how widespread the readership is of this publication, here is some of that data…

Canada 93
Australia 75
United Kingdom 43
Netherlands 27
Sweden 25
Germany 21
Ireland 14
Switzerland 13
Japan 13
New Zealand 9
Spain 8
France 8
Belgium 7
Denmark 7
India 7
Italy 7
Singapore 7
Austria 6
Portugal 5
South Africa 5
China 4
Hong Kong 3
Turkey 3
Chile 2
Finland 2
Lithuania 2
Norway 2
Puerto Rico 2
Slovenia 2
Ukraine 2

And a whole lot of countries worldwide with 1’s…

So why are we sharing the details of use data?

We think it says something about interest, investment, and economics…

This hybrid publication, free online and pay for the print was extremely successful and rewarding on a variety of levels. We are very pleased the library community is interested in library publishing.

Second, simple math, the Library Publishing Toolkit was made thanks to an investment of $10K USD, and like most scholarly compilations, the time and talents of many authors. For the month of August alone, the cost per use of the online version amounts to approximately $5.31 USD (simple division of $10K/1,881 unique visits). The overall cost/use will actually lower with time, as more people visit the site.  Not bad given the cost to purchase books, on average, is so much higher.

Third, how about a simple comparison… let’s imagine the print model delivery costs in a traditional library print model:

  • Cost for library to purchase a print book: $83.59 according to YBP’s Annual Book Price Update:
  • Preparation Cost: cost of cataloging, labeling, shelving. Not Determined.
  • Cost of resource sharing borrowing average at $9.62 and lending average at $3.93, according to Lars Leon and Nancy Kress’s article in Interlending & Document Supply

Had those 1,881 unique visits all led to a purchase of a print version of the Library Publishing Toolkit, at the average cost of print books, the cost total would be about: $157,232 USD – not bad, but raising those funds was highly unlikely; instead, we raised the readership and invested in the community. One admission, we did sell 52 print copies of the Library Publishing Toolkit in the first month. Although this title is a free ebook, many are buying the 380+ page book because it is selling for around $8, not $83.59.

So, let’s shift the perspective a bit…

As of September 1, 2013, there are 11 libraries that have attached their holdings to the print record. So had the readers placed some 1,881 interlibrary loan requests for the book, with a rough average cost to libraries ($13.55 lending + borrowing, not including lending charges and international shipping) the cost would be at least $25,487. Noting that 430 visitors were international would certainly make the projected cost much higher.

Library publishing services can make an enormous difference, what that difference will be depends on where we go now?
For Milne Library, in addition to some 30+ reprints and some 16 open textbooks in the publication workflow, we are considering an Alumni series, and possible consortial models. The Milne Publishing Team continues to develop tools that help us develop roles and workflows that scale and can be shared practices. Lastly, we are developing an ambitious plan for creating an Open Learning Toolkit that could be extremely useful to libraries, the academy, and learning, but that is another story.

Thanks for your interest everyone, best wishes.

LPT Team

WorldCat holdings
Print Record: 11 holdings  one in Ireland – thanks National University of Ireland.
ebook Record: 5 holdings
Chapter Record: 1 holding

NY3Rs Announcement of Library Publishing Toolkit & I2NY Priority

New York 3 Rs describes The Library Publishing Toolkit as innovative and promising…


NY 3Rs Association, Inc. comprises nine Reference and Research Library Resources multi-type systems in New York State.

NY 3Rs writes: “The Toolkit is an important component in one of the top  NY 3Rs Information Infrastructure for New York (I2NY) priorities: “Changing the role of libraries from transactional to transformational by … inserting the library as early as possible in the creative process.”

We sincerely appreciate the support of NY 3Rs.

LPT Team

Toolkit’s first day

We appreciate everyone’s interest in Library Publishing. On the first day of publication, the Library Publishing Toolkit website had over 945 views, and the IDS Project Press site, using Open Monograph Press (OMP), had 337 new visitors. Most visitors were from the U.S., although, we did see global interest from; Canada 18, UK 8, Australia 6, Ireland 4, Spain 2, France 2, and many single visits from around the world.

Thank you all for your interest in the Library Publishing, we hope you will share what your library is up to using our feedback form. Best wishes.

LPT Team

Library Publishing Toolkit new and free 400 page Ebook, great for summer reading

Hello Libraries,

Announcing a new open access monograph focused on library publishing. For readers…

  • Interested in library publishing services?
  • Thinking about publishing a book or journal, or helping authors do so?

The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers, authors, and filmmakers in the public library setting to academic libraries hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to curate, create and provide access to content.

Both public and academic libraries are invested in the creation and distribution of information and digital content. They have morphed from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and seek best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services.

For more information and access to the book, please visit