The new University of Michigan Press ebooks collection is now available to Penn readers through the Penn Libraries. This collection brings perpetual access to at least 80 new titles published by the Press this year and provides complementary access to more than 1,000 backlist titles.
The University of Michigan Press publishes peer-reviewed, faculty-selected books in the humanities and social sciences, especially political science, performing arts, classics and archaeology, and American studies. Award-winning titles present in the ebook collection include:
- Kant’s international relations : the political theology of perpetual peace / Seán Molloy. (2017)
- Microdramas : crucibles for theater and time / John H. Muse. (2017)
- The fanfiction reader : folk tales for the Digital Age / Francesca Coppa. (2017)
- Great lengths : seven works of marathon theater / Jonathan Kalb. (2011)
- Orpheus in the Bronx : essays on identity, politics, and the freedom of poetry / Reginald Shepherd. (2008)
- The Americanist / Daniel Aaron. (2007)
- Race, Republicans, and the return of the party of Lincoln / Tasha S. Philpot. (2007)
- The laws of the Roman people : public law in the expansion and decline of the Roman republic / Callie Williamson. (2005)
- A mouth sweeter than salt : an African memoir / Toyin Falola. (2004)
- Cattle bring us to our enemies : Turkana ecology, politics, and raiding in a disequilibrium system / J. Terrence McCabe. (2004)
- The invention of coinage and the monetization of Ancient Greece / David M. Schaps. (2003)
Penn faculty are also represented in the current ebook collection:
- Playing doctor: television, storytelling, and medical power / Joseph Turow. (rev. ed., 2010)
- Hyperlinked society: questioning connections in the digital age / Joseph Turow & Lokman Tsui, eds. (2008)
- Lenin’s last struggle / Moshe Lewin (A. M. Sheridan Smith, trans.) (2005)
- Economic interdependence and international conflict: new perspectives on an enduring debate / Edward D. Mansfield & Brian M. Pollins, eds. (2003)
- Embedded politics: industrial networks and institutional change in postcommunism / Gerald A. McDermott. (2002)
- Social benefits of education / Jere R. Behrman & Nevzer Stacey, eds. (1997)
As part of the University of Michigan Library, the University of Michigan Press supports public readership in its publishing program. At present, roughly 10% of the ebook collection is open access, offered free to the world through Knowledge Unlatched, the Madison Initiative, and other OA projects:
- The resonance of unseen things : poetics, power, captivity , and UFOs in the American uncanny / Susan Lepselter. (2016)
- Risk criticism : precautionary reading in an age of environmental uncertainty / Molly Wallace. (2016)
- Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740 / Lucinda Cole. (2016)
- Campaign finance and political polarization : when purists prevail / Raymond J. La Raja & Brian F. Schaffner. (2015)
- Making news at The New York Times / Nikki Usher. (2014)
- The unreal estate guide to Detroit / Andrew Herscher. (2012)
The Penn Libraries have supported liberating many of these works through funding contributions to Knowledge Unlatched.
The University of Michigan Press ebooks collection is hosted on its own Fulcrum platform, developed as a community-based open source publishing platform. A part of the University of Michigan Library, the Press is offering new media features in its ebook publications. These works include audio and video content, as well as 3D modelling. Examples of titles with these new media formats are:
- ESC : sonic adventure in the Anthropocene / Jacob Smith. (2019)
Animal acts : performing species today / Una Chaudhuri & Holly Hughes, eds. (2014)
The Fulcrum hosting platform offers an EPUB 3 reader as well as complete-book EPUB and PDF downloads. In addition to multimedia and embedded audio and video, online images are zoomable. Fulcrum has been adopted by several university presses, including the Penn State Press, University of Minnesota Press, Indiana University Press, and the Oberlin Group’s Lever Press. The American Council on Learned Societies’ ACLS Humanities E-Book collection has migrated to the Fulcrum platform.
Titles in the University of Michigan ebooks collection will be discoverable through Franklin Catalog.