Project MUSE is pleased to announce that nine more distinguished university presses have signed contracts to participate in its new initiative to offer e-book collections alongside its highly successful electronic journal collections.
The newly confirmed participants include Catholic University of America Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, Georgetown University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Texas Press, and University of Wisconsin Press. These presses bring to eighteen the current number of not-for-profit scholarly publishers committed to contributing high quality frontlist monographs to MUSE’s planned e-books collections.
Preliminary information gathered from the currently confirmed presses indicates that MUSE’s initial Fall 2011 offering will contain upwards of 350 books, across a broad range of scholarly disciplines, complementing the depth and breadth of humanities and social sciences content offered through MUSE’s widely adopted journal collections. The anticipated collection size will continue to grow as more publishers sign on. MUSE expects to offer in its first season both a complete collection of all books in the program, and selected subject-based collections. Subject collections will be built around areas of critical mass among the specific books included, and are expected to complement MUSE’s existing strengths in disciplines such as literature, history, and religion.
MUSE e-book collections will be offered for purchase on a seasonal (Fall/Spring) basis, with the first collections available for Fall 2011. Specific details, including lists of included titles, and collection pricing, will be released no later than March 2011. MUSE is already in conversation with both North American and international consortia and libraries regarding e-book collection purchasing, and welcomes further feedback as we fine-tune our offering. From a user perspective, book content will be fully integrated with journal content on MUSE’s trusted platform, offering a rich environment for discovery and research.
Other publishers already announced as participating in the program are Baylor University Press, Brookings Institution Press, ELT Press, Indiana University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Kent State University Press, Penn State University Press, Purdue University Press, and University of Illinois Press.
Further information on the Project MUSE e-books initiative may be found at http://bit.ly/cO7GiN. Project MUSE currently provides full-text, affordable subscription access to content from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences to over 2,000 libraries and millions of users worldwide. MUSE provides a sustainable electronic publishing platform for its more than 100 participating publishers, which include university presses, societies, and independent publications. For over fifteen years, MUSE has been an integral part of the academic community, successfully serving the needs of librarians, scholars, and publishers.
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