A higher degreee researcher just contacted me suggesting that I look at a particular book title. Her email delightedly told me “I thought the library might like to know about this resource which is free and downloadable …”
This type of transparent pleasure in finding material which is available, and free, at point of need is testament to the power of open access.
So here follows a plug for the publisher website she directed me to:
UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs. Grounded in the Open Science/Open Scholarship agenda, UCL Press will seek to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle global Grand Challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger.