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.


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.


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.


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.

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