“Libraries are innately subversive institutions born of the radical notion that every single member of society deserves free, high quality access to knowledge and culture.”—Dr. Matt Finch
Libraries are indeed a radical idea. Rather than purchase a book, I can simply go to my public library and borrow it for no fee whatsoever. Free books for everyone! Apart from the single purchase of a book by the library, it is a collective slap in the face to free-market capitalism. Some conservative voices in the nineteenth century, in fact, strongly attacked libraries for being “socialist continuation schools” that created a culture of dependency for those who could not pay market value for the books they wanted. And some continue to argue this even now. Continue reading “Embracing the Subversive Nature of Open Access”
The Humanities Open Book Program, sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an effort to make out-of-print scholarly work once again available to scholars, students, and the general public, free of charge, in the form of high-quality, searchable ebooks. It is in many ways a bold, technologically savvy, forward-looking embrace of twenty-first-century developments in publishing and higher education—so what better person to bring on to help usher this dream into reality than an old-fogey stick-in-the-mud like myself who likes nothing better than poking around in museums and used-book stores, prefers riding trains to airplanes, and has never read an ebook cover to cover (or whatever it is they have instead of covers) in his life? Continue reading “A Brief Note on the Past, the Future, and Cornell Open”
Today, we’re starting a week long focus on Cornell Open.
Cornell Open is the global open access portal for classic titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Funded by the newly created Humanities Open Book Program, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell Open offers for the first time open access to key titles in literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies.
As part of this focus, we’ll be offering short excerpts from a selection of the Cornell Open books, as well as some other bits and pieces to give you a little more insight into Cornell Open and open access books.
Continue reading “A Week of Free Books!”
ITHACA, NY – Cornell University Press is pleased to announce it will be partnering with Oxford University Press to load its scholarly monograph content on the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting-edge search and discovery functionality that has marked the ongoing success of Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO). The official launch date begins today and can be accessed at this link: http://cornell.universitypressscholarship.com.
Speaking on the launch of Cornell Scholarship Online, Dean Smith, the Press’s Director, said: “Cornell University Press is excited to join UPSO and benefit from an innovative model that offers new features for the reader and leverages a global approach to sales. We are honored to be among this prestigious group of publishers.”
Niko Pfund, President of Oxford University Press USA, added that “an alliance between Cornell University Press and OUP seems only natural. From Costa Rican birds to lessons for beekeepers, from books on Eastern European nationalism to colonial American life, Cornell’s program is tightly focused yet never predictable, and I’m delighted to welcome Cornell authors, books, and colleagues to the UPSO fold.” Continue reading “Launch of Cornell University Press content on UPSO”
Almost all of Cornell’s new releases are available as ebooks from Amazon.com’s Kindle store, the Google Ebookstore, and Ebrary. (And we’re currently in discussion with additional ebook sellers to make our ebooks more widely available.) We are also digitizing older (backlist) books and will announce their availability as ebooks here as they go on-line.
The following backlist titles are now available from Amazon, Kindle, and Ebrary: Victorian Interpretation by Suzy Anger; Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann; Why France?: American Historians Reflect on an Enduring Fascination, edited by Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson; The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus: Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times by Florian Ebeling; Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society, edited by Werner Ende and Udo Steinbach; Pythagoras: His Life, Teaching, and Influence by Christoph Riedweg; and Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing by Dana Beth Weinberg.