27 Publishers Contracted for MUSE E-Book Collections

Project MUSE has signed contracts with 27 distinguished scholarly publishers to offer their upcoming monographs in the humanities and social sciences as part of electronic book collections on the MUSE platform.

Among the publishers participating in the initiative are Columbia University Press, University of Michigan Press, Georgetown University Press, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, Penn State University Press, University of Illinois Press, and the Johns Hopkins University Press. MUSE is partnering for the e-book program with many of the same publishers who currently contribute content to its successful electronic scholarly journal collections. A complete list of participating presses is available at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/new/ebook_collections.html.

The first collections of frontlist monographs will be offered for purchase in Fall 2011. Subject-based collections as well as a comprehensive collection of all available titles will be offered. Pricing and book title details for the Fall 2011 collections are expected to be announced by late March.

Sample book content will appear on the MUSE platform in the first quarter of 2011. Book content will be seamlessly integrated with MUSE’s existing journal content, allowing users to search and browse across formats and easily discover related scholarship. Books on MUSE will be offered in PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level.

MUSE continues discussions with interested scholarly publishers, and expects to announce additional participating presses for the Spring 2012 e-books collections. Further details on Project MUSE’s e-book initiative are available at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/new/ebook_collections.html. A sneak preview of plans for e-books on MUSE will be offered during MUSE’s User Group gathering at the upcoming American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. The session is scheduled for 8:00 am on Saturday, January 8, in the Library Room of the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. For more information or to RSVP to attend, please email muse@press.jhu.edu.

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