Brill Publishing Vows to Bring Prices down to Earth

Well, maybe not completely, but it is nice when a publisher takes the time to respond to you on twitter (very publicly):

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I’m not asking for the world, of course, but I do hope they do something like T and T Clark with their pdfs or even go to kindle (shoot, or Logos). Brill has some awesome books, to be frank, and for the academic, you can’t beat their quality. Living in Charleston, West Virginia, I do not have access to a real academic library geared to academic study of religion. So, I buy my books. Wish I could buy more of Brill’s, especially this one.

Anyway, just wanted to share for all of those like me who want Brill books but refuses to sell anymore children to get them.

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3 Replies to “Brill Publishing Vows to Bring Prices down to Earth”

  1. Their response makes it sound like their high prices are something they can’t control, but how then do you explain their raising the prices on their *back* catalog — that is, on books that are already printed?

    I’ve had bad experiences dealing with the Brill people. Years ago they made a ridiculous misprint in an article I wrote, and when the editor of the journal asked them to apologize in the next issue, they refused to do so.

  2. Hi there,

    I know this post is from last April, but given this morning’s re-tweet, I wanted to take a moment to explain our pricing model and give an update on what we are doing to make our titles more accessible to individuals.

    Brill monographs, edited volumes, reference works, journals and online resources are priced for the institutional market. This allows us to publish highly specialized scholarly content that is crucial to niche areas of research, even though that content is often subject to a very limited market. While prices are undoubtedly high, our pricing model allows us to continue to publish in these niche areas, even in cases where the number of researchers in the world concerned with a particular topic is extremely limited.

    In addition, we are making an effort to make our products more accessible to individuals, which include:

    We recently launched a new program – Brill MyBook – that allows any individual with access to an e-book to buy a paperback print-on-demand copy for EUR 25 / $25. Learn more:

    Our new initiative Free Access 4 U gives individuals free access to new journals. Learn more:

    • We have expanded our activities in Open Access Publishing:
    • View the details about Brill Open, our Open Access model, here:
    • Browse the Brill Open e-book collection online:
    • Brill participated in the open access program OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) – a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. View Open Access titles included in the program:;f1-publisher=Brill

    We launched Brill’s Paperback Collection, where classic Brill titles are made available in soft cover at more affordable prices. The price points are EUR 37.00 and $49.50. See an overview of titles here:

    Our new reference works, bibliographies and primary sources platforms, accessible via, allow individuals to purchase time-limited access to all content, enabling end-users to take advantage of the extensive resources at a reasonable price:

    We understand your criticism about our prices, and we are aware that you are not alone in holding these views. At the same time, I hope this response helps clarify why our products are priced as they are. I also want to convey that we are aware of the negative effects of this approach, and we continue to work on strategies to maintain our mission. If you have any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

    Best wishes,

    Lauren Danahy
    Webmaster | Web Marketing Manager

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