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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

rev. 12/05/2016