Friday, December 19, 2014

HEB Partners with ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies)

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) recently joined the list of learned societies who provide title recommendations to help build the ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) collection. 

Established in 1948, ASEEES is the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Eastern Europe in regional and global context. ASEEES supports teaching, research and publication and has cultivated the field’s intellectual landscape for over fifty years through its chief publication, Slavic Review; its annual convention; its book prizes and its organizational newsletter.

HEB currently works directly with thirty-one of the American Council of Learned Societies's constituent member organizations to grow its title list. (See a list of all participating societies here.) We greatly value these collaborations that help ensure our offerings include works of enduring value in their fields, as well as reflecting new trends and interests in scholarly research.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HEB at ALA Midwinter 2015

HEB will again be an exhibitor at the upcoming American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, this time taking place in Chicago, January 30-February 3, 2015.

We're excited to meet with our subscribers and prospective subscribers to let everyone know what's new and what to expect in 2015. Write to us at info@hebook.org to schedule an appointment, or simply stop by Booth 4923. We look forward to your visit!

To register for ALA Midwinter, please visit the official website.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HEB Top-Selling Handheld Editions

HEB is pleased to be able to offer a subset of titles from our online collection in a downloadable/ mobile format. We've recently analyzed our sales data for the latest royalty period, covering the first half of 2014, and present the results below.

Far outpacing all other titles is James McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, selling more than 500 copies for the period in question. (McPherson's Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution is also available as an HEB handheld edition.)

Here are our current top ten handheld bestsellers:
  1. James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom (1989)
  2. James C. Scott, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (1985)
  3. Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity (1995)
  4. Ann P. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (1995)
  5. Walter A. McDougall,  The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age (1995)
  6. Ida Pruitt, A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman (1945)
  7. James M. McPherson, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution (1991)
  8. Valentin Y. Mudimbe, The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge (1988)
  9. R. W. Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages (1953)
  10. Lawrence Stone, The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 (1977)
The books are available from a number of online retailers. More information about our handheld program can be found here: http://humanitiesebook.org/the-collection/handheld-editions.html.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Meetings: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, History of Science Society

This fall, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be an exhibitor at two society meetings.

We will be at the 2014 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) Annual Meeting, taking place October 31-November 1 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN. The meeting will be held jointly with the Religious Research Association and the Mormon Social Science Association. Details and registration information can be found on the SSSR website: http://www.sssrweb.org.

We will also be exhibiting at the 2014 History of Science Society (HSS) meeting, taking place on November 6-9, 2014, at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel in Chicago, IL. (HSS is a constituent society of ACLS.) The meeting will be held jointly with the Philosophy of Science Association. More details about the meeting can be found here: hssonline.org/meetings/2014-hss-annual-meeting.

Subscribers planning to attend either event and those interested in learning more about our resource are encouraged to reach out to Lee Walton, who will be representing HEB, at lwalton@hebook.org.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

HEB's Top Ten Titles for January 2014-June 2014


HEB is pleased to once again publish our list of top-hit titles, which this time covers the first half of 2014. These represent the titles most frequently accessed by our subscribers during this period, often reflecting course adoptions.

While a number of titles noted below have appeared on this list consistently over the years (e.g., Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Clifford Geertz's The Interpretation of Cultures, and Henry Jenkins's Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide), we are also seeing several new entries. These include: John K. Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800; E. J. Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality; and Paul S. Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft.

This implies a continued interest in the subjects of nationalism, colonialism, race and racism, and religion, to name a few—a trend that HEB has been observing over the course of the last few semesters.
  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  3. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  4. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1993)
  5. Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early American (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  6. Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
  7. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  8. Brown, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991)
  9. Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
  10. Boyer and Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard University Press, 1974)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

HEB and Accessibility

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) was recently a participant in a study of e-book accessibility, conducted by JISC and the Publishers Accessibility Action Group. HEB was designated one of seven "honest dealers" who responded to this inquiry (among a total of thirteen e-book platforms and aggregators contacted by the project), consequently designated "players to continue to invest with".

As per the JISC TechDis blog entry: "We commend the following for their active honest engagement. Thankyou to our 7 honest dealers; ACLS Humanities E-Book; Gale/Cengage; EBL (ebrary); EBSCO; Elsevier; Emerald Insight and Ingram. Cambridge University Press were in the middle of a redesign with enhanced accessibility so felt that results from existing platform would be unrepresentative. (...) If there’s a platform you expected to see here but they are not represented then feel free to ask them for a personal response regarding their accessibility credentials." Read the entire blog entry here.

At this time, we believe that most features of the HEB collection provide accessibility for users with disabilities who draw on assistive technologies, and allow for navigation by standard automatic screen readers. Specifically, the HEB collection currently conforms to W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Conformance Level A; which means that titles meet all Level A Success Criteria and contain no absolute barriers to access; all page-image titles contain an OCR scanned, text-only version of the content that can be processed by assistive technologies; links are operable by keyboard, and images include descriptive "ALT" attributes.

We continue to strive to improve our accessibility and welcome input from readers to this effect.

Monday, September 22, 2014

HEB Pricing for 2015

ACLS Humanities E-Book has now finalized its subscription rates for the upcoming year. These rates go into effect January 2015, and can be found on our website. Depending on a subscriber's size and classification, prices will go up by a margin of roughly 2.8% to 3.4%. This modest increase will serve to offset administrative overhead; subscribers are asked to bear in mind that it is accompanied by an increase in the size of our collection of about 9%, as we've just added another 353 titles, bringing the total to over 4,300.

For more information, please contact us at subscriptions@hebook.org.