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Open Access Books on MIT Press Direct

Open access books are available on MIT Press Direct and new titles are added regularly. These titles are free to enjoy on the MIT Press Direct Platform and may be viewed and accessed through the MIT Press Direct search feature. Simply search for any character by entering “*” in the search bar and selecting the filter for open access material to view a complete list.

If you want to go further, please consider supporting open access publishing at the MIT Press by donating an amount of your choice to the MIT Libraries Open Access Publication Fund.

Open Access at The MIT Press

"'Free' is still a rare practice in academic book publishing, and the MIT Press, with its strong public service orientation, is a leader in thinking about and experimenting with the commercial feasibility of various approaches to open access."—Eric von Hippel, T. Wilson (1953) Professor of Technological Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in his 2016 book Free Innovation

As a mission-driven publisher, the MIT Press focuses on striking the right balance among accessibility, quality, and sustainability. We seek to provide the widest possible access to the works we publish while producing meticulously curated, edited, and crafted works for scholars, students, and the educated reading public.

We have been a leader in open access (OA) book publishing for over two decades, beginning with the publication of William Mitchell's City of Bits, which appeared simultaneously in print and in a dynamic, open web edition in 1995.

Today, the Press actively supports a variety of OA models for digital monographs, trade books, and textbooks, with an emphasis on being author-responsive. Whether or not a book is published OA in digital form has no bearing on how it is curated, peer reviewed, edited, designed, or marketed by the Press.

For general information about OA at the MIT Press, including our OA journals program, please contact Journals and Open Access Director Nick Lindsay at

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