attempt at creating an economically and intellectually viable model for the creation and distribution of electronic texts, the History E-Book Project is working to accomplish
the following important tasks:
historians to discuss, plan, and write electronic books.
more scholarly presses to experiment with, to consider the issues
involved in, and to develop in-house expertise for, electronic
- Explore the new role of library publishing offices, institutes, and learned societies in electronic publishing.
production processes and reduce costs for e-books.
an infrastructure that considers the importance of archiving
scholarly texts for the long term.
that the recent emergence of large commercial e-publishers does
not take undue control of the intellectual assets of the scholarly
community and further restrict the fair-use environment of scholarly communication.
closely with scholarly journals and learned societies to insure
that electronic history works are reviewed and promoted properly
for the scholarly community.
libraries to purchase and make widely available historical works
of high quality within their emerging electronic collections.
encourage the acceptance of electronic history within the historical
profession for the purposes of hiring, tenure, promotion, and
related professional concerns.
- Assess the role of electronic publishing in the changing environment of scholarly communication.
Phenomenal changes in technology are now upon us; and new infrastructure and standards are being developed. These changes in technology coincide—and may share a causal inter-relationship—with profound changes in the nature of scholarly communication in the historical profession. The form, length, subject matter, forms of argument, analysis, and authorship of historical works are undergoing a profound reevaluation. Electronic publishing—and the History E-Book Project's role in that—form only one part of this newly emerging environment.