Collaboration’s Role in the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection Site

upw-logo-2014Welcome to Day 4 of the university press blog tour! You’ve heard of Throwback Thursday, right? Today five university presses go back in time to talk about old books, journals, and gone-but-not forgotten staff members. Temple University Press describes the development of their influential Asian History and Culture series. Wesleyan University Press features some backlist poetry. Harvard University Press looks through their archives to find a few titles that have held up less well than some of their classics. University of Washington Press compares the cover designs of some reissued titles with their original ones. And University of Toronto Press looks at the archives of the Champlain Society. In our post today we look at our online site read.dukeupress.edu, where you can search and read much of our own backlist. 

Read_screenshotAt Duke University Press, collaboration takes many different forms. Our 2013 University Press Week gallery feature described Project Euclid, a joint venture with the Cornell University Library. For the 2014 gallery we feature a unique collaboration with HighWire Press and their leading scholarly content platform, fulfilling a long-envisioned internal alliance between our Books and Journals Divisions.

In the fall of 2013 Duke University Press partnered with HighWire, our journals host since 2005, to find the optimal solution for bringing Duke’s journals and books together online. HighWire had developed the base features and requirements of their Folio e-book platform and was open to tapping into Duke’s deep ties with the research community to help guide their new product’s implementation. HighWire welcomed Duke’s book industry knowledge, as one of the first publishers to use Folio, as they developed and refined key elements, all of which highlight the strengths of their e-book solution for publishers.

The close collaboration between Duke and HighWire was essential to the creation of read.dukeupress.edu, which offers  searching, browsing, and recommendations across both books and journals. And, building on this foundation, we will soon develop a reading and researching experience that fully integrates our books and journals in one site.

Please check out the site here: read.dukeupress.edu. You can read introductions to most of our books and special issues even if your library doesn’t subscribe. If you like the site, please share it with your librarian!

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