It works by many libraries around the world sharing a single Title Fee payment to publishers (which represents the basic cost of publishing a book), in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via the OAPEN and HathiTrust open access e-book platforms, as a downloadable PDF. (FAQ)
As more libraries participate in Knowledge Unlatched, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines.
The Library was quick to recognise the potential of this pilot, and signed up as an early participant. Over 200 international libraries have now signed up.
28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers are included in the pilot. More information will follow when we have access.