In January 2015 Leuven University Press (Belgium) successfully launched its first publication in Open Access. Glass Making in the Greco-Roman World edited by Patrick Degryse was downloaded 669 times in at least 61 different countries during the first two months of its appearance. The press also sold a few dozen copies of the paper edition in hardback during the same period. Response to the research and the way it was published has been positive throughout.
The OAPEN Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to Open Access publishing of academic books. OAPEN provides a platform for the full text dissemination of Open Access books and provides services to publishers and libraries. OAPEN builds a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, and develops services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.