Digital focus for Policy Press

Digital focus for Policy Press

The Policy Press (TPP) has revealed plans to increase its digital focus as the popularity of e-textbooks grows among students.

The social science publisher, a department of the University of Bristol, intends to look into digital-first texts and investigate opportunities for chapter-only publishing and digital rental models.

Alison Shaw, director at TPP, said: "Students are increasingly buying textbooks in non-traditional ways. There will be a tipping point where libraries won't want as many hard copies because they become a secondary product, and we have got to be prepared for that."

The publisher has recently launched its e-book platform, Policy Press Scholarship Online, through Oxford University Press' platform University Press Scholarship Online, and is investigating other avenues through which to sell digital books and journals. It also plans to increase the number of titles it publishes by 50%, from 80 to 120.