Expanding the number of ways readers can access University of Michigan Press titles, the Press has joined Books at JSTOR, an initiative launching in June 2012 that will bring more than 20,000 ebooks to JSTOR’s expansive collection of online academic resources. JSTOR is already the go-to source for accessing scholarly journals online and also houses digital versions of more than one million primary sources. To date 22 publishers are on board for Books at JSTOR and the organizations hopes to launch with about 30 presses.
“Delivering deeply linked, vital scholarly research to libraries, scholars, and students worldwide is our number one goal,” said JSTOR Managing Director Laura Brown. “We are laying the foundation for a collaboration that will offer a transformative integration of book and journal literature that can enable new models for scholarly communication in the future.”
In addition to university presses, several independent publishers and international organizations have also announced support for Books at JSTOR, among them Boydell & Brewer, RAND Corporation, Russell Sage Foundation, and United Nations Publications. Edinburgh University Press and Toronto University Press, which joined at the same time as Michigan, represent the first university presses outside the United States to sign onto JSTOR’s ebooks platform.