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HEB on YEWNO Discover

HEB and Yewno recently partnered to bring the Humanities E-Book collection into the Yewno Discover service for libraries.  HEB joins leading publishers around the globe to offer content for the YEWNO Discovery service. By “leveraging machine learning, computational linguistics, and a vast reservoir of information from the most respected content providers in the world.” (Yewno, 2017), Yewno Discover transforms the research and user experience into an “organic” and in-depth journey into key topics, ideas, and content across disciplines.


As you can see in the screenshot below, the Discover product brings users into an interactive, interdisciplinary topic web based off of the user’s search input. The related topics and content can be explored, as well as the relationship to the original search term itself. On the left hand side, related materials will appear for each selected related term or connection, with previews of the materials and a link (if user’s institutional provides access) to the content.

If you want to learn more about Yewno Discover you can request a demo for your library or visit

Industry Insights: Alexandra Provo of NYU Libraries

Humanities E-Book is happy to introduce our first video in our new series, “Industry Insights.” This series will highlight exciting innovations in the professional and scholarly industry.

For our first episode, HEB’s Marketing & Production Manager Chris Plattsmier sits down with Alexandra Provo. Ms. Provo is currently the Project Manager of the Enhanced Networked Monographs (ENM) project—an exciting collaboration between NYU Press and NYU Libraries’ Digital Library Technology Services department.

The ENM Project began in 2015 from an Andrew J. Mellon Foundation grant. The project uses NYU Press’s 110 Open Access Books to new build new ways of discovering content within large bodies of works through semantic tagging, topic maps, and more. As more and more professional and scholarly publishing evolves digitally, this project shows the exciting opportunities, for users and publishers alike, that come with it. You can find out more about the project here.

Download the transcript for the full interview.

Alexandra Provo is Project Manager for the Enhanced Networked Monographs Project at NYU. She was the 2015-2016 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University and has been the project manager for two linked open data projects: Drawings of the Florentine Painters and Linked Jazz. From 2012-2013, she was a photograph cataloger on the “Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance” project at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti. She has an MSLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in art history from Wesleyan University.

Takeaways: Disruptors in Professional & Scholarly Publishing

ACLS Humanities E-Book recently attended a presentation put on by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers. This presentation, “Disruptors in Professional & Scholarly Publishing,” discussed the factors driving disruption and change in the industry and the new models and technology emerging from these trends. David Crotty, the Editorial Director of Oxford University Press Journals and Bill Deluise, the VP of Society Strategy and Marketing at Wiley, each presented on these topics.

Here are our five biggest takeaways:

  1. Publishers need to move away from their content being the end point of value; rather than simply selling content, publishers must think of themselves as selling services. Crotty mentioned  a comment made to him, that “the metadata may be more valuable than the content itself.”
  2. The driving forces of changes in the industry are the growth in the amount of research being produced and the shrinking of library budgets. This is prompting a move to efficiency and a decline in price per download.
  3. During this era of consolidation, the big publishers are getting into every area of research, no longer classifying themselves only as publishers but as service and information providers.
  4. Publishers can no longer be complacent; rather than reacting to threats to the industry, publishers should focus on creating a better user experience.
  5. Publishers need to understand the need of the communities they serve in order to be of value to their readers.


Though much of these presentations focused on publishers of science, medicine, and technology, we found that many of the takeaways still applied for us here at HEB. We care about creating a better user experience, which is why we are working with University of Michigan to refine our new platform, Fulcrum, for easier use and accessibility. We have heard the needs for change in the platform and we are responding with features like chapter downloads, reflowable text, and annotations, all of which will make each user’s experience better.

HEB also recognizes that library’s budgets are shrinking; we provide the greatest value by keeping our subscription costs low while providing over 5,000+ works in our curated collection that is accessible 24/7 by multiple users along with excellent customer service. Our collection houses titles that users will not find anywhere else and we are continuously adding to and improving our collection. Finally, HEB started out as an innovative project over 15 years ago and has maintained that innovation as we adapt and respond to changing needs and shifts in the professional and scholarly publishing industry.

University Press Week

In honor of University Press Week, we’ve gathered some fun facts about the presses Humanities E-Book partners with:

1. The oldest university press (the oldest publishing house in the world actually!) is Cambridge University Press: it published its first book, Two Treatises of the Lord His Holie Supper, in 1584.

Learn more about the history of Cambridge University Press by visiting


2. Oxford University Press is the second oldest, established in 1586.


3. In the United States, Johns Hopkins University Press is the oldest press that has run continuously since 1878.

It is one of the noblest duties of a university to advance knowledge and to diffuse it not merely among those who can attend the daily lectures but far and wide. 

Daniel Coit Gilman, first President of Johns Hopkins University

4. Some university presses such as those at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have endowments, while other presses rely on sales and grants.

Read more: “University Presses Under Fire“, by Scott Sherman. (The Nation, 2014)


 5. The Ohio State University Press has published several scholarly works in Comics Studies.


 6. Oxford University Presses has offices in 50 countries around the world, making it the largest university press.

Oxford University Press Building

Oxford University Press, Oxfordshire, England

 7. In the U.S., Wesleyan University is the smallest college to have its own press.


 8. Many university presses are facing funding issues. The University of Illinois Press has been continuing operations without a budget for the past three years.

Suggested Reading: “University Presses Cope with Budget Cuts“, by Claire Kirch (Publishers Weekly, 2016)

 9. HEB’s oldest partners, i.e. the university presses that have partnered with us from our inception, include the presses of Harvard, Cornell, Oxford University, Stanford, University of California, Kentucky, Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, University of Texas, University of Chicago, University of Nebraska, Louisiana State University, Cambridge, Yale, University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee, New York University, Wesleyan, Columbia, and MIT.


So there you have it! Some facts and history of some of the university presses that HEB partners with. Happy University Press Week! Celebrate knowledge, #LookItUP. To see more about University Press Week, click here. For a complete list of HEB contributing publishers, click here.


Chapter Downloads are Live!

You talked, we listened.

After listening to librarians and users at institutions subscribing to the HEB Collection, we are proud to introduce chapter downloads for all page-image HEB titles in coordination with our partners in the University of Michigan Library! Chapter downloads make it simplier for users to get access to the content they need for research and coursework, makes using HEB titles on the go easy, and will help faculty assign selective reading to their students.

If you have any questions or issues with the chapter downloads, please email HEB. Please note that chapter downloads for HEB’s XML titles are not currently available.

How does it work?

It’s simple! From the TOC page, click on a chapter heading to get into the title.  Once in the e-book, you will see three buttons in the top left corner of the e-reader.  Click on the button labeled “Chapter PDF” and then the “Download this chapter as PDF” link. 



The PDF will open in the tab on your desktop or mobile device. If you want to read the PDF in a dedicated PDF reader or program such as Adobe Acrobat, just click on the download button that appears on the bottom of the page when you hover your mouse.