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 select awardees to have been chosen for participation in this joint initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest financial supporters of humanities research in the United States.
The program makes available a set of digital open-access editions of titles that are currently out-of-print from a range of different sources and rights holders. 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.” – NEH
For more information, see the NEH press release.
Among the publishers and other participants selected to build the Humanities Open Book list, HEB had a unique opportunity to pursue and represent authors who are not affiliated with a publishing body acting on their behalf, instead licensing the works directly. HEB worked with a specially convened committee to identify books whose authors have retained or recovered publishing rights. The books were selected for their enduring scholarly value and potential public interest. HEB would like to thank the Society for the History of Technology, African Studies Association, and American Folklore Society for their active participation in selecting the titles.
As of August 1, the title are available in EPUB 3.0.1, Mobi, and page scan (HEB) versions. XML versions are also available and can be found in our XML title list. You may also download the corresponding ACLS HOB White paper and ACLS Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation if you wish.
|Author||Title||Pub Date||HEB Edition||EPUB Edition||Mobi Edition|
|Barrett, Paul||The Automobile and Urban Transit: The Formation of Public Policy in Chicago, 1900-1930||1983||link||Download||Download|
|Beck, Brenda E. F.||The Three Twins: The Telling of a South Indian Folk Epic||1982||link||Download||Download|
|Bendix, Regina F.||Progress and Nostalgia||1985||link||Download||Download|
|Brett-Smith, Sarah||The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender||1995||link||Download||Download|
|Gillespie, Angus K.||Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson's Life and Work||1980||link||Download||Download|
|Glassman, Jonathon||Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888||1995||link||Download||Download|
|Hodgson (ed.), Dorothy L., and McCurdy (ed.), Sheryl A.||“Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa||2001||link||Download||Download|
|Lloyd, Timothy C., and Mullen, Patrick||Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity, and Tradition||1990||link||Download||Download|
|Platt, Harold L.||The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880-1930||1991||link||Download||Download|
|Seely, Bruce Edsall||Building the American Highway System: Engineers As Policy Makers||1987||link||Download||Download|
|Shelemay, Kay Kaufman||Music, Ritual, and Falasha History||1989||link||Download||Download|
|Slyomovics, Susan||The Merchant of Art: An Egyptian Hilali Oral Epic Poet in Performance||1987||link||Download||Download|
|von Hippel, Eric||Democratizing Innovation||2005||link||Download||Download|