Northwestern University Press awarded $73,000 grant to digitize books

Benjamin Din, Digital Projects Editor

Northwestern University Press was awarded a $73,000 grant to digitize out-of-print titles concerning the humanities.

The three-year grant, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will go toward creating free e-books of 64 titles in African studies, literary criticism and philosophy. The grant also emphasizes the importance of open-access research studies by providing unprecedented access to these titles.

The funding is provided through the Humanities Open Book program, which is sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Northwestern University Press will also be collaborating with the University Library system through the program. The e-books will be offered on the library’s online platform, as well as sold through both digital and print mediums.

“We are delighted for this opportunity to deepen our collaborative relationship with the Northwestern University Libraries,” said Jane Bunker, director of Northwestern University Press, in a news release. “We are fortunate to be able to work closely with our library colleagues in order to best serve the needs of faculty and students in this new research environment. Thoughtful experimentation with open access is a priority for us.”

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