UM Press readies 500 ebooks for sale

by Heather Newman on December 15, 2009

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce its newest milestone: 500 books available for sale in digital editions ranging from Kindle to academic subscription. In addition to other academic and commercial outlets, UMP digital books are now available for sale for the first time on the Press’s new electronic shopping cart. To check out the growing list of titles available for sale in e- and audiobook formats, visit www.press.umich.edu/ebooks.

The Press made a commitment to leadership in digital printing when it officially became part of the University of Michigan Library in July. The offering of this many digital versions of books previously available only in print is an important step in that process. There are now 500 titles, ranging from backlist academic texts to freshly published trade paperbacks, posting for sale in a variety of electronic formats. About half will be available in December 2009; the rest will post in January 2010. This list will continue to grow as the Press pursues its goal of providing almost its entire backlist in electronic format for digital distribution around the world.

“This landmark achievement signals our full entrance as a player in the world of digital books,” Press Director Phil Pochoda said. “Coming right on the heels of the installation of our own digital shopping cart, it signifies that our digital bona fides are second to none in the university press world.”

The hundreds of new books for sale and the launching of the Press’s own digital shopping cart are just the latest step in UMP’s digital commitment, following announcements earlier this year of a new subscription-based electronic subject catalog and the Press’s partnership in the HathiTrust, which is expected to bring full-text viewing of more than 1,000 UMP titles online by the end of the year.

For more information on the Press’s scholarly digital publication efforts, visit www.press.umich.edu/digital.

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