Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Participating Publishers for 2014


HEB is pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with four new university presses in our efforts to bring scholarship of enduring value to our subscribers. Our most recently signed collaborating publishers, who will be contributing to our upcoming title release in summer 2014, are Southern Illinois University PressBaylor University PressMichigan State University Press and University of Toronto Press.

The number of publishers who have elected to work with HEB now stands at 112, including both university and some commercial presses. All content has been vetted by scholars and/or consists of books that have won prizes in their fields. 

Please see our growing list of contributing publishers here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

HEB's Top Ten Titles for July 2013-December 2013

As we do every six months, HEB is pleased to publish another top-hit titles list, covering the second half of 2013. The most frequently accessed titles in our collection of 4,000 books typically reflect course adoptions, and tend to feature a number of recurring books every cycle (such as, once again, Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Clifford Geertz's The Interpretation of Cultures, Henry Jenkins's Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Anne McClintock's Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest).

For the fall 2013 semester, we are seeing a rising interest in sociology, cultural studies, nationalism and post colonialism, women's and gender studies, religion, and technology. There are three new entries making their first appearance among the top-hit titles for this period: Samantha Power's A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, David E. Nye's Technology Matters: Questions to Live With, and Karen McCarthy Brown's Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn.
  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. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge, 1995)
  5. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press, 1996)
  6. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  7. Power, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Perseus Books, 2002)
  8. Nye, Technology Matters: Questions to Live With (MIT Press, 2006)
  9. Brown, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991)
  10. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Forthcoming in 2014: New Titles from Harvard University Press

ACLS Humanities E-Book's (HEB) forthcoming title release in early summer 2014 will include 49 titles from Harvard University Press, published between 1948 and 2010 and covering diverse areas such as European History, U.S. History, Asian History, Science & Technology, Women’s Studies, and Literature. Many of these books are prizewinners in their fields. Others were recommended by ACLS’s constituent learned societies, such as the American Academy of Religion, the World History Association, the American Society for Environmental History and the American Historical Association's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Historians Task Force.




Harvard University Press was among the original set of publishers to partner with HEB when the collection launched in 2002 (as the ACLS History E-Book Project). Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press continues to be a leading publisher of convergent works in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, while also taking bold steps toward innovative partnerships and an expanded commitment to facilitating scholarly conversation around the globe.

HEB is pleased to be able to feature these new titles and continue our collaboration with Harvard University Press.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Forthcoming in 2014: New Titles from Oxford University Press

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is pleased to report that our forthcoming title release in early summer 2014 will include 112 titles published by Oxford University Press, covering areas from U.S. History to Women’s Studies to Music & Musicology. These titles are either prizewinners in their fields and/or have been recommended for inclusion in our collection by ACLS’s constituent learned societies, such as the American Academy of Religion, the World History Association and the American Society for Legal History, as especially valuable for course work, research and reference.

OUP was one of the original publishers to partner with HEB when the collection first launched (as the ACLS History E-Book Project) in 2002. As a department of the University of Oxford, OUP furthers the Universitys objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the worlds largest university press with the widest global presence.

We are happy to be able to add to our offerings from this esteemed university press and look forward to continuing our collaboration with OUP in the future.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New on HEB: Three Gutenberg-e Titles

HEB is pleased  to release three new titles in its ongoing Gutenberg-e series.

In Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier, Shah Mahmoud Hanifi draws on a range of archival, narrative, and oral historical sources in this treatment of the economy and society of nineteenth-century Afghanistan, paying special attention to the ramifications of British Indian colonialism.

Erika Lauren Lindgren’s Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany presents the material underpinnings of spirituality in female Dominican monasteries, as well as the sensual aspects of religious practice, taking into account the women's own documentation of their experiences of the monastic environment in so-called Sister-Books.

Bin Yang’s Between Winds and Clouds: the Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE-Twentieth Century CE) addresses the transformation of an ethnically and culturally distinct region in Southeast Asia into a Chinese province over a period of 2000 years, and frames this process in a broad historical context that includes both local and international players.


All three books were selected by the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press as part of their Gutenberg-e initiative, awarding scholarship that incorporates innovative use of digital technology.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HEB at NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) NEIT Conference

HEB will attend this year's NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) Education and Information Technology Conference (NEIT 14). The conference takes place January 29-31, 2014, at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

We are happy to be able to offer annual subscriptions to secondary schools at the competitive rate reserved for institutions categorized as "very small" according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning.

KC Trommer, HEB Subscriptions and Marketing Coordinator, would be happy to meet with attendees during exhibit hours on Thursday, 1/30, from 6PM to 9PM, or on the morning of Friday, 1/31. Please write to subscriptions@hebook.org to set up an appointment.

Visit the NYSAIS website here for details on this event.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Handheld Titles Available from HEB

HEB continues to expand its offering of titles formatted for use with handheld devices. The latest batch of 28 downloadable titles includes such diverse books as Dan Carter's The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism and the Transformation of American Politics; Francois Hartog's The Mirror of Herodotus; Walter McDougall's The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age; Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah Pomeroy; James Scott's Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance; and The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 by Lawrence Stone.

There are currently around 120 handheld titles available for purchase from various retailers, including Barnes & Noble's NOOK Book Store, Amazon, BooksOnBoard, eBookMall, Lybrary.com, Powell's Books, Feedbooks, and others.

For more information on this program, please visit: http://www.humanitiesebook.org/handheld.html.