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HEB’s Humanities Open Book titles are here!

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) has recently launched 13 titles under the Humanities Open Book Program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

When the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the Humanities Open Book project, ACLS recognized we shared the initiative’s dual aim of developing new paradigms of scholarly communication and strengthening public understanding of humanities scholarship.

HEB asked three societies from the ACLS to participate in this program. The partnering societies were the American Folklore Society, the Society for the History of Technology, and the African Studies Association. Several factors motivated the selection of these partners. All had strong leadership and membership that includes scholars working outside the academy. Because Folklore is about the phenomenon of public meaning, this society is in the forefront of efforts at public engagement. Members of the Society for History of Technology are especially interested in how new technologies provide new social possibilities, and were enthusiastic about participating in the program. Finally, the African Studies Association was attracted to the project as a means of using open access to make valuable scholarship in that field available on the African continent.

The HEB titles in the Humanities Open Book program are listed below, so enjoy!  You can also find downloadable EPUB files for these titles here.

Barrett, Paul. The Automobile and Urban Transit: The Formation of Public Policy in Chicago, 1900-1930. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1983. (XML Edition)

Beck, Brenda E. F. The Three Twins: The Telling of a South Indian Folk Epic. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982. (XML Edition)

Bendix, Regina F. Progress and Nostalgia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985. (XML Edition)

Brett-Smith, Sarah. The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. (XML Edition)

Gillespie, Angus K. Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson’s Life and Work. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980. (XML Edition)

Glassman, Jonathon. Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888. Portsmouth: Heinemann Publishing, 1995. (XML Edition)

Hodgson, Dorothy L., and Sheryl A. McCurdy, eds. “Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa. Portsmouth: Heinemann Publishing, 2001. (XML Edition)

Lloyd, Timothy C., and Patrick Mullen. Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity, and Tradition. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990. (XML Edition)

Platt, Harold L. The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. (XML Edition)

Seely, Bruce Edsall. Building the American Highway System: Engineers As Policy Makers. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987. (XML Edition)

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. Music, Ritual, and Falasha History. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1986. (XML Edition)

Slyomovics, Susan. The Merchant of Art: An Egyptian Hilali Oral Epic Poet in Performance. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. (XML Edition)

von Hippel, Eric. Democratizing Innovation. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005. (XML Edition)