ANU Press has given away 2.3m e-books – and that is just this year. The press will sell you a print product but downloads from the scholarly press’s 700-title catalogue are free.
Demand is growing fast the press passed the one-million-mark last year.
This year’s top title is Ron May’s The Military and Democracy in Asia and the Pacific (24 000 downloads) but the Press also points to perennial hits, like now VC at SCU Adam Shoemaker’s study of Australian Indigenous literature, Black Words, White Pages, downloaded “tens of thousands of times”. And yes, if the subject matter and methodology qualifies it ANUP titles are acceptable for Excellence in Research for Australia.