Humanities Open Book Program

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Subject: Education, Education Technology, Research, Education Access
Deadline: June 10, 2015

"The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost ebook technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. Most scholarly books printed since 1923 are not in the public domain and are not easily available to the general public. As a result, there is a huge, mostly untapped resource of remarkable scholarship going back decades that is largely unused by today's scholars, teachers, students, and members of the public, many of whom turn first to the Internet when looking for information. Modern ebook technology can make these books far more accessible than they are today.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed ebooks that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers."

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, public and State controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, special district governments, county governments, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), city or township governments, state governments.
Amount: $50,000 -  $100,000
Contact: Link.

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