Open Access Books

Open Access Books

The MIT Press has been a leader in open access book publishing for two decades, beginning in 1995 with the publication of William Mitchell’s City of Bits, which appeared simultaneously in print and in a dynamic, open web edition. We support a variety of open access funding models for select books, including monographs, trade books, and textbooks.

If you have questions about The MIT Press open access publishing program please contact Nick Lindsay, Director for Journals & Open Access, at nlindsay (at) 

Direct to Open

In 2021, the MIT Press announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). An innovative, sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single eBooks, to a collaborative, library-supported open access model. 

D2O gives institutions the opportunity to harness collective action to support access to knowledge. In 2022, participants in D2O enabled us to publish open access editions of over 80 scholarly works.

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