I received this press release from the AAUP mailing list today. It is reprinted in part below.
Two major university press e-book initiatives –Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) — have joined
forces. The result of this merger — the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) — will launch January 1, 2012.
The partnership allows e-books from an anticipated 60-70 university presses and non-profit scholarly presses — representing as many as
30,000 frontlist and backlist titles — to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals
currently on MUSE. Continue reading Project MUSE Editions and the Univ. Press e-book Consortium Merge
Reposted in full from the NYU Press blog, From the Square
The team of directors spearheading a university press-branded consortium to sell collections of ebooks to academic librariesSteve Maikowski, New York University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; and Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Pressis pleased to announce a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $47,000, to be used to advance the venture toward its fall 2011 launch. Fifty-five university presses have expressed a strong interest in participating in this project. Managers at many of these presses understand that the separate efforts of individual presses are an inefficient solution to the challenge of disseminating university press ebooks to academic libraries. By working together to achieve efficiencies of scale, presses that join the consortium will put the needs of the scholarly community as a whole at the top of the agenda. Continue reading University Press eBook Consortia
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