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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New on HEB: Grounds for Play: The Nauṭaṅkī Theatre of North India

ACLS Humanites E-Book (HEB) has recently made available a new edition of Grounds for Play: The Nautanki Theatre of North India by Kathryn Hansen. This interactive XML-encoded update of the original 1992 edition has been enhanced with audio clips of interviews and performances, twenty-five additional images, and excerpts of Hindi source materials.

In Grounds for Play, Hansen draws on field research and archival holdings to investigate the social history and meanings of the Nautanki theater of northern India, a form embedded in premodern peasant society. The performances are comprised of many elements: music, dance, poetry, oral storytelling traditions, and written texts. Hansen shows how Nautanki explores important social issues such as political authority, community identity and gender differences.

Grounds for Play won the Coomaraswamy Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 1994. The book has been adopted for courses in world theater, folklore, ethnomusicology, gender studies, and South Asian history and culture.

Grounds for Play is part of HEB's ACLS Fellows' Publications series. Please find other titles from this series here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Littman Library: Jewish Cultural Heritage Series


As part of its forthcoming title release in summer 2015, the ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) collection will feature the first five installments of the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization's Jewish Cultural Heritage series. These titles, edited by Simon J. Bronner, focus on the concept of Jewish identity as perceived by both Jews and non-Jews, exploring the cultural dimensions of concepts such as homeland and diaspora, assimilation and separation; as well as cultural institutions like the media, museums, schools and synagogues; and examining these from both religious and secular perspectives. The series is published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization for the Jewish Section of the American Folklore Society, one of the 31 learned societies that work with HEB on collection development.

The Littman Library is a respected leader in Jewish Studies titles; 28 volumes of its ongoing series Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry are currently already available as part of the HEB collection.