June 24, 2011 – New York, NY –   Thirteen publishers including leading not-for-profit research institutes, international organizations, university presses, and independent publishers are the latest to join Books at JSTOR, an initiative that will add more than 20,000 ebooks to one of the most widely used and well-known online academic resources in the world. 
 
The publishers announced today include: Boydell & Brewer, Brookings Institution Press, Edinburgh University Press, University of Illinois Press, Indiana University Press, The University of Michigan Press, The National Academies Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, RAND Corporation, Russell Sage Foundation, University of Texas Press, University of Toronto Press, and United Nations Publications.
 
“We are thrilled that this set of publishers has chosen to work with us,” said Laura Brown, JSTOR Managing Director. “Delivering deeply linked, vital scholarly research to libraries, scholars, and students worldwide is our number one goal. With these new partners and the nine already on board, we are laying the foundation for a collaboration that will offer a transformative integration of book and journal literature that can enable new models for scholarly communication in the future.”
 
The publishers announced today bring valuable, new dimensions to Books at JSTOR. Those focused on public research and policy initiatives will contribute books that bridge the divide between theory and practice, an addition that will help JSTOR to better support the collection development needs of its wide range of academic, government, and non-governmental participating institutions.
 
“Discoverability is essential for our books to be read and have impact,” commented Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director of the National Academies Press. “Books at JSTOR will enhance our efforts to achieve this by ensuring that our e-books are found by our core audiences of faculty and researchers throughout the world who already use JSTOR for their work.” 
 
Similarly, Edinburgh University Press and University of Toronto Press, as well as Boydell & Brewer and the multi-national United Nations, are the first of what JSTOR and its partners hope will be a growing set of publishers outside the United States that will bring the best thinking and writing of researchers and policy makers from around the world to the initiative.
 
“The unprecedented speed of change in the electronic publishing environment presents both challenges and significant opportunities for publishers,” noted Timothy Wright, Chief Executive of Edinburgh University Press “Our partnership with JSTOR, with their experience working with a global network of libraries and scholars, will enable Edinburgh to continue to innovate in how we sell and how users experience our books and our journals.”
 
This news comes on the heels of a round of workshops hosted by JSTOR and its press partners with nearly 100 librarians in cities around the United States.  These sessions brought publishers and librarians together to tackle hard issues that both parties have faced in the transition from the publication and dissemination of books from print to electronic formats, from supporting short-term lending of ebooks to making course reserve titles available online.  The aim is to build a deeper, shared understanding of library and press interests and to craft and test new solutions that will work well for both groups. 
 
Greg Raschke, Associate Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication for the North Carolina State University Libraries and a participant at a workshop noted: “JSTOR’s efforts to bring librarians and publishers together come at a critical time for the future of scholarly publishing. The dialog has been productive as we collectively search for sustainable business models and attempt to effectively migrate to digital platforms in ways that benefit research and teaching.”
 
Books at JSTOR now has twenty-two publisher partners and expects to launch with close to 30 presses.  The first books will be available at JSTOR beginning in June 2012. All books will be preserved in Portico, the leading digital preservation service for the scholarly community. For more information, please read about Books at JSTOR.