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HEB Spotlight on Race

It is difficult to keep up with the news coming out of Washington D.C. regarding race relations. The silver lining on the dark cloud of division hanging over the country is that hard conversations on racism are beginning to penetrate civic discourse.  It is crucial for not only these conversations to take place, but that informed conversations take place.  Colleges and universities are at the center of these discussions—in the classroom, through public service, and activism on campus.  The events in Charlottesville the past week reinforce the role of higher education at the crux of these discussions.

HEB Titles on White Supremacy

Humanities E-Book is proud to work with learned societies of the ACLS such as the African Studies Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and American Historical Association (among others) that promote scholarship and inquiry inside and out of the academe.  Members of these societies help curate our list of titles on race and play a vital role in our overall collection development strategies.  HEB hosts interdisciplinary titles in Black Studies, American History, Gender Studies, and Film & Media Studies as well.

Select Titles on Race

For a more intensive title list on Race, or an interdisciplinary list of titles, please contact
Bell, DerrickFaces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of RacismBasic Books (1993)View
Bell, Derrick And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice Basic Books (1989)View
Brooks, Roy L.Rethinking the American Race ProblemUniversity of California Press (1992)View
Carle, Susan D. Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915 Oxford University Press (2015)View
Edwards, Brent Hayes The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black InternationalismHarvard University Press (2003)View
Herskovits, Melville J. The interdisciplinary aspects of negro studiesAmerican Council of Learned Societies (1941)View
Hobbs, Allyson A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American LifeHarvard University Press (2014)View
Hughes, Matthew W. White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of RaceStanford University Press (2012)View
Lacy, Karyn R. Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle ClassUniversity of California Press (2007)View
Pulido, Laura Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles University of California Press (2006)View
Singh, Nikhil Pal Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for DemocracyHarvard University Press (2005)View

What Librarians are Saying

Highlighting the importance of access to scholarship in topics related to race, HEB’s annual collection development survey to librarians reveals that 3 of the top 5 subject areas that respondents feel there is a deficit in their institution’s library are closely related to current issues on race: Islamic Studies, African History, and Caribbean History.  Areas of study including Native Peoples, Asian History, and Latin American History appear when you expand the list to the top ten.

*Survey results are from over 240 respondents—the respondents hold jobs in electronic resources, humanities collections, or other related subjects in an academic library.  

Top Ten Underserved Subject Areas, Collection Development Survey 2017





Indigenous Day 2017

HEB titles on Indigenous Peoples

August 9 is Indigenous Day, an important international day of recognition for indigenous people living around the globe.  These are communities that are too often marginalized not only in society but also in education and scholarship.  There is a lot to be learned from the history of indigenous peoples and disciplines in the humanities are a great way to gain perspective on the multitude of issues surrounding indigenous peoples.  Studying these communities and people is also a great entry-way into interdisciplinary humanities scholarship—it is rare that only a historical, anthropological, or sociological perspective will paint a complete picture of indigenous peoples.

Below is a selected list of titles in the HEB collection covering indigenous peoples, ranging from the Americas to Asia, and covering multiple subject areas.  If you are interested in an expanded title list or would like to provide a title recommendation, please contact HEB.



Humanities E-Book 2017 Release

Humanities E-Book is pleased to announce our 2017 release of 154 titles into our collection.   This is our 14th round of titles, and HEB’s acquisition strategy for this round not only relied on the recommendations of scholars (the foundational principle of HEB’s curation process), but also aggressively pursuing award-winning titles and trending subject areas.  Although it is a smaller round of titles than in years past, HEB sees a lot of “meat on the bone” in this list and hopes you do too!  The round is a balanced mix of out-of-print and recently backlisted titles.  You can view/download a title list here, but feel free to reach out to HEB to curate a specific list.

What is New??

Titles in this round were licensed from some of HEB’s longest publishing partners such as Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, and Oxford University Press, among others.  However, we are also pleased to announce the addition of two new fantastic publishing partners, The Ohio State University Press and Bucknell University Press (titles licensed by the Associated University Presses).  Be sure to also check out HEB’s Q&A with The Ohio State University Press Director, Tony Sanfilippo.

Some of the trending subjects emphasized in this round include Gender Studies, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Race, and Latin American Studies.  After surveying the librarians at institutions that subscribe to the collection, these areas were identified as underserved and up-and-coming, possibly due to the current socio-political climate.  We are also pleased to introduce Islamic Studies as a new subject area in the HEB collection and look forward to fleshing out this subject area more in upcoming rounds.

Finally, HEB is wrapping up production on the MARC records and OCLC information for these titles, so stay tuned!

Correction (8.4.2017): The original post indicated that the Bucknell University Press is operated by the Associated University Presses, while in fact their current arrangement is with Rowan & Littlefield.  AUP was merely the licensee for the Bucknell UP titles included in this round.  Learn more about Bucknell UP.  








Humanities Open Book Title Launch

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)


Welcome to the new HEB website!

Humanities E-Book (HEB) has been a cutting edge collection of backlist humanities titles for over 15 years now, and now we are holding our website to the same standards we hold our collection to. We hope that you find the new website easier to use and easier on the eyes…but if you have a concern or comment about the new site, please feel free to email HEB’s Marketing & Production Manager Christopher Plattsmier with your message!  Inevitably with a new site there will be some kinks, so please be patient as we coordinate this update with our partners at the University of Michigan.  Right now, the live titles are still in the previous web format, so apologies for any confusion if you jump between HEB’s WordPress site and the collection.

With the new website, it is now easier for librarians and faculty to navigate the HEB website across any device and get to what they need. The new website also allows HEB to show off our wonderful publishing partners more, as well as the 30+ learned societies of the ACLS that work with HEB to curate our collection.

Besides the aesthetic benefits, moving to a WordPress theme also allows HEB to keep our subscribers and users more up to date with company news, collection development, and the upcoming platform migration. HEB wants our users to not only be aware of the superb content in the HEB collection, but to see that HEB is actively finding ways to improve everything about the user experience, so that our mission of disseminating high quality scholarship in the humanities can reach as many scholars and students possible.

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