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NEH and Mellon Foundation Subsidize Ebook Conversions

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation partnered for the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint pilot grant program that plans to facilitate the conversion of out-of-print books in the humanities into freely accessible ebooks.

According to the NEH, the majority of academic books in history, literature, philosophy, art, music, and other humanities fields published in the past 100 years are out of print, and thus unavailable to teachers, students, and general readers. With this grant program, the organizations’ goal is to republish these titles so anyone in the world can download them under a Creative Commons license.

To be chosen for the program, academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions can submit proposals to the NEH with a list of their previously published humanities titles (among other information) by June 10, 2015. The NEH and the Mellon Foundation will award grants so the suitable books can be converted into EPUB format, allowing for fully searchable, reflowable text; the ability to adjust font sizes; and compatibility with most mobile devices and e-readers.

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

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