March 11, 2011

Project MUSE and University Press e-book Consortium Announce Merger

From Project Muse's March 10, 2011 press release:

Two major university press e-book initiatives -- Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) -- have joined forces. The result of this merger --the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) -- will launch January 1, 2012.

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The partnership allows e-books from an anticipated 60-70 university presses and non-profit scholarly presses -- representing as many as 30,000 frontlist and backlist titles -- to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.

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Representatives of UPeC and PME worked closely with librarians over the past two years to develop a scholarly e-book model that benefits both libraries and presses. Incorporating extensive research and feasibility analysis from both groups, the UPCC Collections will be sold by MUSE in comprehensive and subject-based collections, with minimal digital rights management.

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The University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) emerged in 2009 to explore the feasibility of a university press-based e-book initiative. Five press directors serve as UPeC principals: Steve Maikowski, New York University Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; and Donna Shear, University of Nebraska Press. UPeC planning and development was supported by two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Posted by stemp003 at March 11, 2011 9:52 AM
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