Announcing the Backlist Digital Project

by Kathryn Beaton January 19, 2017

In 2017, the University of Michigan is celebrating its bicentennial. All year, a variety of commemorative events will be taking place across campus. Here at the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing, we have launched our Backlist Digital Project, which features 200 titles that were published through the decades. While the Press is younger than the university as a whole, we’ve been publishing books, in different iterations, for over one hundred years. In autumn 2016, we undertook a project to release paperback versions of 200 previously out-of-print backlist titles. In a year where we are proudly celebrating 200 years of excellence […]

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“Animal Acts” Now on Fulcrum

by Kathryn Beaton January 11, 2017

The University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing is proud to announce the launch of new video content on its publishing platform, Fulcrum. Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, a multidisciplinary anthology, is the first book from University of Michigan Press to have material on Fulcrum. The book examines how personal anecdotes about animals influence our understanding of what it means to be human. Eleven leading theater artists share their stories in this collection, and the writing—which explores race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and environment—is accompanied by scholarly commentary. Because the text references visual aspects of the work, the ability to now see clips […]

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Gabii and UMP Digital Publishing

by Charles Watkinson December 31, 2016
Cover image for A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

The University of Michigan Press exhibit at the Archaeological Institute of America / Society for Classical Studies joint Annual Meeting has for decades been a highlight of our year. It’s a great chance to exhibit the Press’s latest books, as well as distributed publications from distinguished partners such as the American Academy at Rome and the American Society of Papyrologists. And Dr. Ellen Bauerle, the senior acquiring editor for classics and archaeology, always has a full meeting schedule with current and prospective authors. This year’s meeting in Toronto (January 5-8) will feature the usual spread of bestselling books (including Eric […]

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University of Michigan Hosts Workshop on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications

by Jonathan McGlone December 21, 2016
Photograph of a small group discussion during the Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications Workshop

On December 5 and 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Library and Press, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, hosted a workshop in Ann Arbor on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications. The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and improves the sustainability and discoverability of visual content. The purpose of this workshop was to foster dialog among the many groups concerned with describing visual resources—invited experts from academic and […]

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Open Access eBooks on JSTOR, Courtesy of Knowledge Unlatched

by Charles Watkinson December 20, 2016

University of Michigan Press is proud to be one of the first publishers to make open access books available in the new “Open Access eBooks on JSTOR” program. In this new program a publisher pays JSTOR a per-title fee to include their OA titles on the JSTOR platform. The fee covers JSTOR’s processing costs and compensates for the fact that client libraries will not be charged for these works. Since we’ve heard some confusion among library colleagues, it’s important to emphasize that the “Open Access eBooks on JSTOR” program is purely a distribution deal. The only way a publisher can […]

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