January 17, 2013 – - Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce a major expansion of their partnership to include the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. Beginning with the 2014 collection, e-Duke Books, an annual collection of at least 100 new electronic books published by Duke University Press as well as more than 1,500 backlist titles, will move to HighWire’s Open Platform and the newly developed Folio e-book solution.
With the launch of the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection on HighWire, Duke University Press’s readers and library subscribers will benefit from HighWire’s long record of innovation and reliability. The integrated platform will connect users with content more effectively by incorporating searching across all of Duke’s publications—not only e-books but their highly ranked journals as well.
“HighWire has been a fabulous partner for us, ever since we moved our electronic journals in the humanities and social sciences, including the e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collections, to their platform in 2005,” said Steve Cohn, Director of Duke University Press. “Above all, we are very much looking forward to having our books and our journals on a single platform, where we can provide a seamless research experience to users and offer a variety of collections to libraries that include both book and journal content together. We think that’s the way the world of scholarly publishing needs to be moving, and we think HighWire will be the ideal collaborator for helping us move in that direction with integrity and creativity.”
Key features of the e-Duke Books collection on Folio will include a device-friendly reading experience, viewable in PDF and mobile-optimized e-reader formats; toll-free inter-content linked access to cited content also hosted by HighWire, including journal articles from Duke, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications; and increased content granularity for better discovery, sharing, and navigating.
“The HighWire Open Platform provides Duke University Press with flexible options to deliver reader experiences that are appropriate for their content,” said Tom Rump, Managing Director at HighWire. “Our ebook solutions enhance the versatility of the platform, offering Duke and others the opportunity to integrate their multiple content types – books, journals, figures, data, etc. – in one highly discoverable service.”
All e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection content will be available on the new platform in December 2013. The current 2013 collection will be unaffected by this change and will continue to be hosted by ebrary® through the end of this year. Throughout 2013, e-Duke Books customers will receive frequent communications to ensure a smooth and timely transition. Additional library transition resources, including a growing list of FAQs, are now available at dukeupress.edu/e-duke-books-platform-transition-resources.
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