Why publish an open access book?
Publishing open access means your book or chapter can be read, reviewed, shared, and cited without depending on readers buying it or libraries stocking it. Open access therefore greatly increases the opportunities for your work to be read widely and to have an impact on the world.
Usage metrics can help you to demonstrate the reach and impact of your open access book. You should speak with publishers about the kinds of usage metrics that will be available once your book has been published.
Benefits of open access book publishing for early career researchers
This article discusses the particular benefits of open access book publishing with respect to distribution, online portfolios, and impact and ethics for early career researchers, while addressing important challenges of publishing open access.