Borderless Press is a project of Postcolonial Networks.
We treat our authors with dignity and humanize the academic publishing process.
* “Majority World” is a term coined by Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam to refer to the majority of the world’s population that does not reside within the Group of 8 countries “whose decisions affect majority of the world’s peoples.” Read more >
Typically, academic authors from these locations undergo injustices in the academic publishing industry. If these authors gain the attention of a big US or European publisher, they have little say over their work, sometimes pay high publishing fees despite their economic context, and earn less than 1% . Neither do authors have say over costs; their books are often priced one hundred times over the economic reach of their local network, making their work inaccessible to their primary audiences.
These corporations profit from scholarly work while offering the author virtually and little say over the final product.
The three current alternatives to this system are 1) local publishers, who do not have the global reach needed for specialized academic conversations, and 2) self-publishing, which does not have the blind peer-review process required for academic accountability, and 3) North American or European publishers, who will publish only in English, price the book out of the reach of local reader networks. These corporations profit from scholarly work while offering the author virtually no say over the final product, and less than <1% of royalty share.
In contrast to an exploitative academic publishing industry, Borderless Press exists by and for scholars and knowledge activists. We combine the latest publishing technologies with time honored peer review processes, opening academic borders and fostering crucial global conversations. We offer rigorous peer review through our international network of scholars. Not only do we focus on the well-being of marginalized authors from the Majority World through resource access, mentoring, and decision making, Borderless Press is led by scholars doing remarkable work in contemporary decolonizing projects.
In the big picture, Borderless Press is part of a global network of scholars, knowledge activists and thinkers from both multi-religious and non-religious contexts who are seeking to democratize the way knowledge is produced. We have found that one of the best ways to to challenge current gatekeepers and prioritize marginalized voices is to change the way academic books are created and distributed in today’s globalized economy.