Humanities Open Book
ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is proud to participate in Humanities Open Book (HOB), a program intended to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into free e-books. HEB is among ten awardees to have been selected for participation in this joint initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funders of humanities research in the United States.
The program will make available a set of digital open-access editions of titles that are currently out-of-print from a range of different sources and rightsholders. The new project focuses on these works as "a huge, mostly untapped resource of remarkable scholarship going back decades that is largely unused by today's scholars, teachers, students, and members of the public, many of whom turn first to the Internet when looking for information. … The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to 'unlock' these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge." For more information, see the NEH press release.
Among the publishers and aggregators selected to build the Humanities Open Book list, HEB has a unique opportunity to pursue and represent authors who are not affiliated with a publishing body acting on their behalf, but instead will be able to license work directly. To create a title list for this effort, HEB is working with a specially convened committee to identify books whose authors have retained or recovered publishing rights. The books have been selected for their enduring scholarly value and potential public interest.
HEB will carry out the conversion of print titles to Epub formatting. In addition to becoming part of the HOB initiative, an online edition of each title will also be made available via the online HEB platform. While most of the collection is accessible via subscription, the titles selected for Humanities Open Book will be made available on an open-access basis. Once converted to Epub, titles will be discoverable both through HEB's standard online interface as well as through a centralized portal focusing on HOB titles.
The anticipated launch date for our first set of EPub editions is early 2017. The online HEB editions of several titles are now available. Below, please find a list of titles selected for participation to date.
|Author||Title||Pub Date||HEB Edition|
|Barrett, Paul||The Automobile and Urban Transit: The Formation of Public Policy in Chicago, 1900-1930||1983||tk|
|Beck, Brenda E. F.||The Three Twins: The Telling of a South Indian Folk Epic||1982||tk|
|Bendix, Regina F.||Progress and Nostalgia||1985||tk|
|Brett-Smith, Sarah||The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender||1995||tk|
|Gillespie, Angus K.||Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson's Life and Work||1980||tk|
|Glassman, Jonathon||Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888||1995||link|
|Hodgson (ed.), Dorothy L., and McCurdy (ed.), Sheryl A.||“Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa||2001||link|
|Lloyd, Timothy C., and Mullen, Patrick||Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity, and Tradition||1990||tk|
|Platt, Harold L.||The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930||1991||tk|
|Seely, Bruce Edsall||Building the American Highway System: Engineers As Policy Makers||1987||tk|
|Shelemay, Kay Kaufman||Music, Ritual, and Falasha History||1989||tk|
|Slyomovics, Susan||The Merchant of Art: An Egyptian Hilali Oral Epic Poet in Performance||1987||tk|
|von Hippel, Eric||Democratizing Innovation||2005||tk|