Scholars, researchers, and students are now just clicks away from some of the most popular titles released by the Indiana University Press.
With the launch of IU Press Online, anyone with an Internet connection can read sections of books and themed journals for free and purchase full-text versions at a discounted price.
“It speaks to our mission to disseminate scholarship as widely as we can,” said Kathryn Caras, director of electronic and serials publishing.
The online portal is in its infancy, but it already offers more than 200 books and 75 themed journals from five subject areas: African studies; African-American and diaspora studies; Jewish and Holocaust studies; philosophy; and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. The press plans to add books about music and religious studies over the summer. Ms. Caras said all the press’s titles will eventually show up on the site.
The press has made most books’ tables of contents free, along with their first chapters or introductions, Ms. Caras said. Users can purchase the full text of individual articles or subscribe to individual collections, groups of collections, or the entire library.
The material can also be accessed with handheld mobile devices like the iPhone. And users can bookmark, cite, or share documents on sites like Delicious and Digg, or subscribe to an RSS feed that gives updates when content is added.
“It speaks to the change in our market,” Ms. Caras said. —Erica R. Hendry
-->Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009