from Project MUSE:
Project MUSE is very pleased to announce that it will offer e-book collections alongside its existing e-journal collections. Beginning next year, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that will allow end users to browse and search journal and book content side-by-side.
MUSE will partner with many of the same publishers who currently contribute journal content in MUSE to offer high quality, peer-reviewed academic books electronically.
The e-books program, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with 18 university press publishers to include books from their upcoming scholarly monograph frontlists. Books will be offered for purchase on a twice-yearly seasonal (Spring/Fall) basis. Libraries will "pre-purchase" access to a collection of the frontlist titles included in the upcoming season's publishing schedule. Preliminary information from the 18 confirmed presses indicates that the initial Fall 2011 offering will contain upwards of 350 books, across a broad range of disciplines. The anticipated collection size will continue to grow as more publishers sign on. MUSE expects to offer in its first season both a complete collection of all books in the program, and selected subject-based collections. Subject collections will be built around areas of critical mass among the specific books included, and are expected to complement MUSE's existing strengths in disciplines such as literature, history, and religion.
Please read the full announcements for more details and for the list of university presses confirmed to add books.