5 reasons to buy the paper book

  1. Enjoy reading using a great technology artifact: the paper book. Digital reading opens a world of new functionality: search, annotation, easier re-use and quotation, augmented editions such as on this site, etc. The paper book remains invaluable to travel in depth in the thinking or the narrative brought forward by an author.

  2. Strong versioning and long-term preservation. The limits of the paper book are its new value: it captures a time-stamped embodiment of the great textual palimpsest, and stores it in a solid format. This is of particular value to libraries (including your personal library).

  3. Support the book's ideas. The credibility of the analysis and proposals developed in Sharing depend on how well its hybrid publishing model (free open access + commercial paper book) will fare. For many decision-makers, the success of the paper edition will be a key criterion for judging the reception of the book. We care as much for the wide dissemination of the open access electronic version as for the success of the paper book, but if you can afford and wish to buy the paper book, you have a unique opportunity to make Sharing a successful example of fair trade in contents.

  4. Support a dedicated open access publisher: Amsterdam University Press and its partners of the OAPEN project and library are the European front-runners of peer-reviewed open access monographs. By buying the paper book, you contribute to the overall sustainability of open access publishing. Check the colophon (page 4) to see how strong is AUP's commitment to open access.

  5. Support La Quadrature du Net. Under the benefit sharing scheme that has been put in place for Sharing, every sale beyond the break even point supports La Quadrature du Net: the citizen organization will receive half of the profit generated by the book (tax deducted), that is approximately €5 per sold copy. Sales are already above the break even point.