Wow, University Presses are in the news this week. This is the 5th press release I’ve gotten!
Ingram Content Group Inc., announced agreements with two notable university presses for e-content management. The University of Michigan Press and The University Press of Kentucky have selected Ingram’s digital asset management platform, CoreSource®, to archive and distribute materials to partners worldwide.
The University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, was founded 80 years ago and is a primary publishing unit of the University today. The Press publishes materials in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. It recently launched its innovative University of Michigan Digital Humanities Series, which advances understanding of the dynamic relationships between humanities and digital technologies. The Press has a mission of using the best technology to disseminate the information it publishes as freely and widely as possible, while preserving the integrity of published scholarship. To further its mission, the Press selected Ingram’s CoreSource® platform for digital file management and distribution of both frontlist and backlist titles. Continue reading
From the UM Press blog:
The University of Michigan Press announced today that it launched a new ebook rental program for more than 250 of its scholarly titles, allowing students or faculty to rent digital copies of the books at a discount for a month or six months. Costs will range from 40% of list price for a 30-day rental to 75% of list price for a 180-day rental.
To see a list of the titles currently available for rental, visit www.press.umich.edu/ebooks.
More information is available from the UM blog post.
hat tip to @cmairn and @paulkbiba
You’ve probably read the news about the University of Michigan Press going digital only with most of their titles. They’ve decided to jump to the future business model ahead of many publishers, by going digital now, rather than later. I like their reasoning for the move. Phil Pochoda, Director of the UM Press was quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article to say “Why try to fight your way through this? Why try to remain in territory you know is doomed? Scholarly presses will be primarily digital in a decade. Why not seize the opportunity to do it now?”
Another reason for the decision was to increase the number of titles that UM Press could publish. With the cost of printing and distribution, only titles that would sell, sell, sell were printed. Publishing digital only means more titles from more scholars on more topics, not just those that fit the mainstream. I think that’s good for everyone.
UM Press can also utilize the new Espresso Book Machine acquired by the UM in 2008 (see NSR post). The print on demand (pod) machine has the ability to offer print versions of the digital titles for those who aren’t quite ready for the ebook world.