This article examines the influence of an unrestricted Creative Commons license on scholarly eBook sharing and usage. From the article:
Implications for practice
1. Open Access monographs can be made available under a variety of licenses. These range from free to access, with a limitation on further reuse—here defined as gratis—to free to access and a range of options for reuse—here defined as libre.
2. Licensing a monograph under a libre license does not, on its own, increase usage by individual readers.
3. Licensing monographs under libre licenses enables the aggregation and repurposing of monographs by additional content providers/intermediaries. The services provided by those intermediaries may increase use by individual readers.
Snijder, R. (2015). Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 3(1):eP1187. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1187
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