CounterPress, a new publisher focusing in critical theory and radical thinking, has just been announced. The publisher is an offshoot of Critical Legal Thinking, a blog “to enable critical legal scholars to make public interventions.”
CounterPress will offer “reasonably priced” printed books, in addition to a digital “pay-as-you-can” model. Counterpress seeks to offer “critical legal scholars and allied theorists, philosophers, and other trans/inter-disciplinary academics an alternative to traditional book publishers.”
So far, CounterPress has announced 4 titles, “Being Social: The Social and Legal Bond in Poststructuralism,” “Introduction to Critical Finance Law,” “The Other Critical Legal Studies” and The “Politics of Law and the Logic of Rupture.”
From Critical Legal Thinking:
Today, we would like to announce the creation of a new, not-for-profit, open access publisher of books that will provide critical legal scholars and allied theorists, philosophers, and other trans/inter-disciplinary academics an alternative to traditional book publishers. We have named this new publisher Counterpress.
In addition to printed books offered at reasonable prices and purchasable via traditional and virtual bookshops, we will provide e-book versions on a pay-what-you-can basis. A full open access option will also be made available. In short, our books will be part of the global commons, accessible to all regardless of personal wealth.
Counterpress will hopefully appeal to academics and students, but as with CLT, we would also like to reach beyond this traditional audience. We will publish three types of books, emphasizing radical political and theoretical engagements with the world:
- The first type of project will be a ‘supplements’ series. These will be shorter books, aimed at a broad audience, much like an extended pamphlet or pocket-book.
- The second type of project will be an ‘exchanges’ series. These will involve direct confrontations or cooperations between a number of thinkers, on a particular topic or body of thought.
- Finally, we will pursue the more traditional style of academic publications: edited collections, readers, textbooks and monographs on radical philosophy, legal and critical theory.
We already have a number of excellent book proposals, a selection of which you can read on the Counterpress website. We invite further proposals and/or full manuscripts, which, to ensure the highest quality, will be subject to peer review by our editorial board.
We are very excited about this new initiative. By its very nature it poses a challenge to the privatizing of academic knowledge, the possessive individualism of copyright, and the access restrictions to learning materials in a world of uneven globalisation. Counterpress is our contribution to the ‘Academic Spring’. We hope you will join and support us. For more, please visit counterpress.org.uk.
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