of Published E-Books
are already several journals in the humanities that review electronic
projects; and even some commercial media, like The New York
Times, have initiated reviews of electronic sites and individual
projects. The History E-Book Project, however, intends to expand
the possibilities for reviews of monographs in history. The History
E-Book Project has already initiated contacts among its own participating
authors to suggest possible e-book reviewers for the participating
presses and has maintained discussions on general principles
with The American Historical Review and with the American
Association for History and Computing to set standards for compiling
and reviewing history e-books. ACLS will
work with all five participating Learned
Societies to establish standards and guidelines for submitting
e-books for review in the societies' own prestigious journals.
Without these guidelines and standards publishers will not know
what to send, and editors will not know what they have received,
and so they will not know how to select reviewers for projects.
Once the project develops standards, review editors can develop
a list of possible reviewers in various areas to review electronic
books, and these reviews will begin to appear alongside reviews
of print books on a regular basis.