OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) and SemperTool today launched the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) in a beta version, to enable user feedback and further develop the service. First announced at the end of February, the directory will function as a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license. DOAB provides a searchable index, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website.
Right now the service has just about 20 participating publishers and about 750 books; new publishers and books will be added in the next few days. Academic publishers are invited to provide the metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. (The Open Access Directory wiki lists 77 publishers as of February 1, but not all are academic.)
DOAB was developed in cooperation with Lars Bjørnshauge and Salam Baker Shanawa, director of SemperTool, who were also responsible for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).