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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 320.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: John Unsworth <jmu2m@virginia.edu> (58)
             Subject: electronic imprint

       [2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (57)
             Subject: Amazon.com Enables Online Browsing

             Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 08:00:13 +0100
             From: John Unsworth <jmu2m@virginia.edu>
             Subject: electronic imprint

    October 22, 2001


    The University Press of Virginia has announced the appointment of Mick
    Gusinde-Duffy, an editor with wide-ranging experience in print and Internet
    publishing, to head its new electronic publishing program.

    The program, supported by a $635,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon
    Foundation and a matching amount from the University of Virginia, will
    create the first electronic imprint devoted exclusively to publishing
    original, peer-reviewed digital scholarship in the humanities.
    Gusinde-Duffy, formerly director of publishing at netLibrary, a startup
    Internet business in Boulder, Colo., "brings a wealth of accomplishments
    and experience as an editor and manager," said Penelope Kaiserlian,
    director of the Virginia Press. "We look forward to having him join the
    press Nov. 1 and get the electronic imprint off to a running start. We
    have already learned of a number of innovative projects that might be
    considered for publication."

    The new electronic enterprise will publish large-scale scholarly projects
    that involve computerized humanities research and are created in digital
    format, not simply electronic versions of print books. Such digital
    projects exceed the capabilities of print and are able to include full
    archives of original source material and images in multimedia formats,
    offering further avenues of research. A well known example is the
    award-winning "Valley of the Shadow" Civil War history project directed by
    U.Va. historian and Arts and Sciences dean Edward L. Ayers and recently
    published on digital disks by W.W. Norton.

    In addition to netLibrary, Gusinde-Duffy has worked as an associate
    acquisitions editor at Westview Press in Boulder, an acquisitions editor at
    the University of Utah Press and an acquisitions manager at 29th Street
    Press in Loveland, Colo. He holds an M.A. in English, with a concentration
    in publication management, from Colorado State University and a B.A. in
    humanities and American Studies from Middlesex Polytechnic in London. John
    Unsworth, director of U.Va.'s Institute for Advanced Technology in the
    Humanities and chair of the search committee that recommended
    Gusinde-Duffy, said that "he will be a great addition to the humanities
    computing community at the University. The active involvement of the
    University Press in that community will bring an important new perspective
    to bear on the digital humanities M.A. program and on the digital library
    programs here."

    Consulting with experts from the Darden graduate business school to develop
    the best business and cost-recovery models for the new enterprise, the
    press will aim to publish its first electronic work by spring 2003,
    Kaiserlian said. The press expects to publish several electronic projects a
    year in American history, American and British literature, archaeology and
    architecture, all areas it excels in. The electronic publications could be
    made available either on the Web or digital disks, or both, and could be in
    conjunction with a print book.

    Gusinde-Duffy said he will look nationally and internationally for
    pioneering digital work that emphasizes both creative scholarship and
    innovative technology. Each project published will be approved by the
    press's editorial board and will receive extensive peer review just as
    print publications do.

    "With the wonderful technology resources within the University, this
    program offers the opportunity to explore the potential of electronic
    publishing more fully," Gusinde-Duffy said. "We will learn as we go. The
    goal is to bring to digital scholarship the imprimatur of quality that a
    university press represents."

    For additional information, Penelope Kaiserlian and Michael Gusinde-Duffy
    may be reached at (434) 924-3468 and John Unsworth at (434) 924-3137.

             Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 08:01:28 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Amazon.com Enables Online Browsing

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 17, 2001

                      Amazon.com Enables Online Browsing


    >Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 15:52:21 -0400 (EDT)
    >From: Ann Okerson <ann.okerson@yale.edu>
    >To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
    >Of possible interest.
    >Amazon Takes First, Small, Step Towards Online Browsing
    >For well over a year now online booksellers have been looking at a variety
    >of "online browsing" technologies. Yesterday Amazon introduced what sounds
    >like a watered down version of this idea with their "Look Inside the Book"
    >feature, available on 25,000 titles to start. Visitors can now see back
    >covers, flaps, the table of contents, the introduction, and occasionally
    >more (like sample pages, first chapters, or images for illustrated books).
    >The Amazon release spins the development as allowing surfers to "flip
    >through the inside pages of thousands of books," but it's not clear that
    >reader can browse the pages they'd actually want to see. In their own
    >words, the site will "feature a vast selection of interior pages from over
    >25,000 titles, with thousands more titles to come. Whether browsing
    >recipes found in cookbooks, illustrations from children's books, full
    >indices of medical textbooks, first chapters from mystery novels or the
    >millions of other pages available, Amazon.com customers can now explore
    >these pages to help them find the right book."
    >But the initiative sounds far short of true online browsing-which would be
    >great for readers, but might still be misread as threatening by
    >publishers. Amazon's Steve Kessel indicated "It's something that customers
    >have been telling us they'd like to do. It's sort of the next logical step
    >for them in terms of making a purchase decision."
    >Amazon release
    >Yahoo story


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