New access to out-of-print books

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A new grant program has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to republish out-of-print humanities books under Creative Commons licenses. The Humanities Open Book program will give teachers, students, and the public digital access to valuable works in literature, history, art, philosophy, and music that are currently out of print. The NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the two biggest funders of the humanities, will jointly provide $1 million dollars for the conversion of out-of-print books into EPUB e-books. This grant program is part of the NEH’s agency-wide initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to “demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.” The application deadline for the first cycle of the program is June 10, 2015. A list of FAQs and application guidelines are also available from the NEH website. More information can also be found at the NEHgov YouTube site.

Read “Humanities Open Book: Unlocking Great Books



  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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