UMHS, UM Med School, & MLibrary Collaborate to Publish New Book

Read Susan Topol’s full story on the collaboration here.

Book authors autograph copies of ICD Connection at the Young ICD Connection Conference in September, 2012. Image courtesy of Ashley McFarland.

Book authors autograph copies of ICD Connection at the Young ICD Connection Conference in September, 2012. Image courtesy of Ashley McFarland.

From the article:

ICD Connection: Living with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is a collection of stories that describe what it’s like to live with an ICD—a device that is implanted under the skin to treat life-threatening heart rhythms that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The ICD Connection book contains chapters written by ICD patients, family members, and caregivers, and provides perspectives from various ages and backgrounds.

A Mixed Model for Publishing
The project also demonstrated how open and traditional publishing could coincide as a mixed model. [Jasna] Markovac [Senior Advisor for Publishing at the University of Michigan Medical School], who also works closely with Open.Michigan, a U-M initiative that encourages and supports the open sharing of educational resources and research, suggested using a Creative Commons license for the book. [Author Helen] McFarland was glad to support the open sharing philosophy and explains, “I wanted my book to have the broadest impact and reach the largest audience possible, using the open license facilitates this.”

Now Available on Amazon and Open.Michigan
Because it is openly licensed, the complete ICD Connection book, as well as individual chapters, may be downloaded by anyone from the Open.Michigan collection and freely shared with others. It is also available for purchase on Amazon, and an ebook version for the Kindle will be released soon. Since it was made available on Open.Michigan, the complete book was downloaded over 150 times; in addition, individual chapters have been downloaded over 70 times. Fifty copies of the book have been sold on Amazon.

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