Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Rulers of Venice, 1332-1524

A reissue of The Rulers of Venice, 1332-1524: Interpretations, Methods, Database, edited by Monique O’Connell, is now available in the HEB collection with an updated preface. The new preface contains a users’ guide to the revised version of the online database (edited by Benjamin G. Kohl, Andrea Mozzato and O'Connell) that accompanies this edition.

Rulers of Venice was originally published in 2009 by ACLS Humanities E-Book in collaboration with the Renaissance Society of America, and represents one of HEB’s interactive XML editions. The monograph component consists of four case studies about the ruling class of Venice in the 14th and 15th centuries. The essays were intended to provide background information and complement an online database that has at its core the nine registers of the Segretario alle Voci, listing the noble Venetians elected to office from 1340 to 1524. This includes transcriptions of a total of 70,000 records with as complete information as possible for each officeholder, derived from 1500 frames of digitized microfilm (which are also available to users for closer examination). The database underwent substantial technical upgrades starting in 2012, and now offers enhanced search capabilities to improve users’ experience while still drawing on the same data.

Who held office in late medieval Venice? The Rulers of Venice project as a whole attempts to answer this seemingly simple question. While there is extensive documentation relating to Venetian elections between 1324 and 1524, determining whether a particular individual held office in Venice or not often turns out to be bafflingly complex. The database represents an invaluable tool for students of Venetian history, allowing researchers to gain a much deeper understanding of the way the Republic’s politics intersected with family strategies and individual careers.

This book and the accompanying database are freely available on an open-access basis.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HEB Joins Association of American Publishers (AAP)

As of March 2015, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a member of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

AAP is the trade association for U.S. book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry. There are currently 300 members of AAP, spanning all categories of publishing: commercial, educational and professional, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP represents the industry’s priorities in ensuring copyright protection, encouraging funding for quality educational materials, and protecting freedom of speech and publication around the world; as well as providing support to its members in adapting to the changing environment of book and journal publishing in the digital era.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HEB at ACRL in Portland

HEB will be an exhibitor at the Association of College & Research Libraries meeting, taking place March 25-28, in Portland, OR. This year's theme is sustainability. Visit the conference website for details and registration info.

We will be at Booth 271, and look forward to your visit. Stop by for an overview of what's new at HEB, and details of our upcoming title release this summer. If you'd like to schedule an appointment ahead of time, write to us at subscriptions@hebook.org.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

HEB at ARLIS 2015

HEB will be an exhibitor at the upcoming 43rd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) in Fort Worth, Texas, from March 19-23. Come find us there at Booth 54.

To schedule an appointment in advance, please contact HEB's National Academic Library Account Manager, Lee Walton, who will be representing us at the event, at lwalton@hebook.org.

Monday, February 16, 2015

HEB's Top Ten Titles for July 2014-December 2014

As we do every six months, HEB is pleased to once again present our list of top-hit titles, this time for the second half of 2014. While most of the titles below are perennial bestsellers, a first-time entry is David W. Blight's Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001).

As in the previous few semesters we are observing a growing interest among our readership in African studies, and a strong ongoing interest in race and racism, nationalism and colonialism. For those interested in exploring some of these topics further, we recommend HEB's Pinterest board of titles pertaining to Race in America.
  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  4. Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 (University Press of Virginia)
  5. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge)
  6. Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  7. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  8. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  9. Brown, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991)
  10. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard University Press, 2001)

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Participating Publishers for 2015


Three new publishers will be partnering with HEB for its 2015 title release. We are delighted to announce that Brill Publishing, Oneworld Publications, and Kent State University Press will each be adding scholarly titles to the platform that exemplify the level of quality and breadth of research that we strive to offer our subscribers.



HEB now has partnerships with 115 publishers, including university and commercial presses. The full list can be found here and is expected to continue to grow in the coming months.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HEB YouTube Channel Launches

HEB has just officially launched its new YouTube Channel. Today, you can find an introduction to the collection as well as instructional videos on how to search the collection and navigate an e-book.

We will be adding new content periodically introducing various aspects of the HEB collection, so please be sure to subscribe. If you have any suggestions for future videos you’d like to see, please write to us at subscriptions@hebook.org.