Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HEB's Top Users for 2015

Below is our list of the twenty-five institutional subscribers to ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) with the highest usage for 2015, including many established institutions of higher learning both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to international subscribers in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, Copenhagen University in Denmark also makes a noteworthy appearance on this list.

For a complete list of current subscribers, please see this page.
  1. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. University of Toronto, Canada
  3. Columbia University
  4. York University, Toronto, Canada
  5. Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  6. Harvard University
  7. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  8. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  9. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  10. McGill University
  11. University College London, UK
  12. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  13. Yale University
  14. University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
  15. Stanford University
  16. University of Texas, Austin
  17. University of Sydney, Australia
  18. New York University
  19. University of California, San Diego
  20. Durham University, Durham, UK
  21. University of California, Berkeley
  22. The University of Chicago
  23. London School of Economics, UK
  24. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  25. Copenhagen University, Denmark
Please note: Usage statistics reflect both page views and searches.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Participating Publishers for 2016

Three additional publishers will partner with ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) for its upcoming Fall 2016 title release. Liverpool University Press, Arden Press, and University of Hawaii Press will contribute titles from a range of research areas to the collection.

HEB now has partnerships with 120 publishers. The list of participants in our network of university and commercial presses can be found here and is expected to continue to grow in the coming months.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Collection Development Survey Results

HEB recently asked our subscribers to participate in a survey designed to assist in expanding our title list to reflect both underrepresented areas of study and currently popular interests in scholarship. In response we received feedback from 362 respondents at subscribing institutions.

We conducted a similar survey in 2012, and we’ve seen significant shifts in this year’s data. Of the five fields we identified as “trending” in 2012, only two—Film and Media Studies and American History—remain in this year’s top five. (No longer among the top trending fields: Art and Architecture, Latin American History and Literature.) Areas experiencing new growth in popularity include Women’s Studies, LGBT/Queer Studies, and Environmental History. When asked about areas in which their collections should expand, librarians identified deficits in LGBT/Queer Studies, African History, Environmental History, Native American Studies and Middle Eastern History.

These results seem to indicate that certain areas—particularly LGBT/Queer Studies and Environmental History—are growing rapidly while remaining underrepresented in library collections. At the same time, perennial mainstays like American History are experiencing increased interest but remain well-represented. At HEB, we will use these findings to continue to develop our collection in both established and emerging areas. We thank everyone who took part in the survey.

If you would like a sample of HEB’s offerings in the abovementioned areas, please see the following links. We have assembled Pinterest boards that highlight HEB’s titles in Film and Media Studies, LGBT/Queer Studies, Native American Studies, African Studies and Colonial American History.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

HEB's Top Ten Titles for July 2015-December 2015

Twice a year, HEB publishes a list of our ten most-accessed titles. We’ve seen certain books become regulars on the HEB “bestseller” list, and newcomers to the list have alerted us to emerging trends in scholarly research.

For the second half of 2016, two titles make their top-ten debut. Robert Darnton’s The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History details an eighteenth-century workers’ protest and is inspired by the work of Darnton's colleague, Clifford Geertz, who wrote one of our perennial bestsellers. The other new addition for this six-month period is Manliness & Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917, by Gail Bederman. By focusing on four prominent Americans of the time, Bederman explores notions of masculinity in flux at the turn of the century. The popularity of this work underscores a growing interest in the study of gender and race, as has been demonstrated by many other titles on our lists.

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  4. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  5. Brown, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991)
  6. Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  7. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge)
  8. Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Basic Books, 1984) 
  9. Bederman, Manliness & Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (University of Chicago Press, 1995)
  10. Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

PSP 2016 Annual Conference

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be attending the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) 2016 PSP Annual Conference, "The Agile Publisher: Integration, Innovation & Transformation," in Washington, DC, February 3-5, 2016. More info about the event is available here.

If you are among the publishers attending, and would like to meet with HEB, please contact us at info@hebook. We'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

HEB Content is Available Only Through HEB

Happy 2016 from ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB)! We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our subscribers and remind them that, although HEB collaborates with a number of discovery services by providing them with metadata for our books, our curated title list is not available via any other aggregators, and viewing a title is possible only through direct authorization by us of a subscribing institution’s IPs. Simply put, the only way to access the HEB collection is to subscribe to HEB.

Furthermore, the content offered on our platform is for the most part unduplicated. Our research shows that an average of 90% of the HEB collection is unique and does not overlap with the title lists made available by a number of other providers (such as JSTOR, Project MUSE, ebrary, EBSCO Academic and EBL Ebook Library). The HEB collection is centered on backlist titles of enduring value to research and teaching, and HEB frequently offers the only digital versions of these books currently available.

For more info on accessing the collection, please contact

Friday, December 18, 2015

ACLS Humanities E-Book Joins Joint Mellon Foundation/NEH Humanities Open Book Initiative

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is proud to announce its participation 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 one of ten awardees to have been selected for participation in this joint initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funders of humanities research in the United States.

To create a title list for this pilot program,  HEB will work with a specially convened committee to select fifteen books whose authors have retained or recovered publishing rights. The books will be selected for their enduring scholarly value and potential public interest. HEB has a unique opportunity to pursue and represent authors who are not affiliated with a publishing body acting on their behalf, but instead will be able to license work directly to it.

For further details about the program, please see the NEH press release.