ACLS History E-Book Project
view my citations
view search history
search browse help home terms

 About the Project 

HEB News

Title List

Subscription Information

 Subscribing Institutions

Participating ACLS Learned Societies

 The Publishers

Description of the History E-Book (HEB) Project
The HEB Advisory Board
The Project Directors
The History E-Book Project Center

Why the Electronic History Book?
The Electronic (E-) Book
Title Selection
The Author
Working with a Sponsoring Publisher
Contractual Arrangements
Copyright and Fair Use

Frontlist Features and File Preparation
The Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library (SPO)
Publication of the History E-Book
Marketing Plan
Monitoring Access


Frontlist Features and File Preparation

For HEB frontlist features, specifications, and white papers, see the following links:

ACLS History E-Book Frontlist Features

ACLS History E-Book Specifications

ACLS History E-Book Proofing Guidelines

ACLS History E-Book White Paper:
  Report on Technology Development and
  Production Workflow for XML Encoded E-Books

While most historians today work with a variety of computers and programs—word processing, database, spreadsheet, even perhaps graphics and web-authoring packages—the special requirements of web-based and other electronic-format books necessitate new approaches in the production process that are described below and under the Section The History E-Book Project Center.

The Electronic Manuscript

As early as possible in the production process, the author is asked to provide the Project Directors with a title "map," that is, a verbal and/or visual description of the structure of the electronic project as the author conceives it, as well as any specific e-book elements he or she would like to include. (A list of features currently available to HEB frontlist titles can be viewed at The author is also asked to indicate where internal hyperlinks and links to other destinations on the World Wide Web should be placed. The Project Center works closely with the sponsoring publisher's in-house editor on these issues and is always available to offer advice. The author's outline is then reviewed by the Project Center for general issues of practicality, viability, and compatibility with the parameters set by the Project.

Please bear in mind that as with all standard publishing contracts, final decisions on these matters of design and approach are conditioned by a wide variety of factors, including scheduling, budget, and the needs and experience of authors and readers. In addition, all matters of such design and presentation, pricing, and marketing are generally the province of the sponsoring publisher (for the print version) along with the History E-Book Project (for the electronic book).

The Tagged E-Book

The Project has developed specifications for the new books that are being included in the History E-Book Project to enable publishers, authors, and/or vendors to provide all electronic files for text, charts, maps, and other elements in a format that can be published online in a time- and cost-efficient manner. These specifications show how files should be coded or tagged in XML (extensible mark-up language) according to a DTD (document-type definition) that was developed from the TEI Lite (Text Encoding Initiative) DTD with the help of SPO. The specifications are available online at:

Once the History E-Book Project Center receives these files, it can test them to be sure they conform to the DTD and our specifications. If they do, these files can then be launched for review. Presses have a specific timeframe for reviewing files to be sure they perform correctly and correspond to the intended text and structure. To make the task of reviewing straightforward and at the same time to insure that important considerations are not overlooked during the review process, the Project has developed a set of guidelines for proofing. These can be found at:

rev. 9/25/03

Previous   prev next   Next

search | browse | help | home | terms

The ACLS History E-Book Project
For more information, please contact