Cork University Press will join with 60 other University Presses to provide e-books to the worldwide library community. The University Press Contents Consortium (UPCC) will be run by project MUSE, which is the leading e-journal in the humanities and social sciences. The UPCC will launch in January 2012 with an expected collection of over 30 000 books.
This new initiative will adopt a collection-based pricing model which is decoupled from print pricing. The UPCC value-based collection list price will be based on an average price per title and will be determined by market-driven factors such as collection size and library budgets.
The feedback from the library market has been overwhelmingly positive. The goal is to deliver the largest collection of high quality university press e-books to the widest possible audience. In this age of shrinking library budgets, the market research revealed that libraries would object to purchasing the same e-books multiple times in various collections and aggregations.