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 subscriptions@hebook.org.

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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HEB at ALA Midwinter 2016

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be an exhibitor at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, January 8-12, 2016. Stop by Booth 908 and say hello!

We look forward to touching base with current and prospective subscribers and answering questions about the collection. If you don't yet subscribe, sign up for a free trial. There will also be free giveaways and cocktails.

This year, HEB is hosting a roundtable discussion with the topic "E-Books in the Academic Library: Perceptions versus Reality" on Sunday, January 10, 8:30 AM-10 AM, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Room 204AB. If you are a librarian and would like to join the conversation, write to us at subscriptions@hebook.org. We welcome your participation!

To register for the conference, visit the official website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ACLS Humanities E-Book on Google+

You can now find HEB on Google Plus! Connect with us there for updates on the latest title releases and other news items of interest.



Monday, November 2, 2015

HEB's Top Ten Titles for January 2015-June 2015


HEB tracks and releases a list of our most-accessed titles on a semi-annual basis. Over the years this has proved a useful tool for monitoring trends in scholarly research and teaching across disciplines, with certain books becoming permanent fixtures of the HEB "bestseller" list, but one or two newcomers occasionally pointing to rising interest in other fields of study.

For the first half of 2015, that newcomer was Steven Hahn's Pulitzer-Prize winning A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003), adding to the growing number of titles dealing with race and racism in America among our top-accessed books. (As featured on this blog in the past, for those who are actively researching these areas, HEB's Pinterest board Race in America may provide additional material of interest.)

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  3. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  4. Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 (University Press of Virginia, 2002)
  5. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  6. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  7. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  8. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1993)
  9. Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994)
  10. Boyer and Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard University Press, 1974)