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Fritz Swanson teaches in the English Department at the University of Michigan. In January, with the support of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and with space donated by the University Library and the U-M Press, he began operating a letterpress shop to teach students the process of composing and printing short works, dubbing it ‘Wolverine Press.’ Having now completed a semester’s worth of projects, we’ve asked Swanson to reflect on the experience of running the…

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Have you ever wondered how Michigan Publishing’s scholarly journals get online? Kelly Witchen, Michigan Publishing Digital Publishing Assistant, has put together a video tutorial unveiling the mysteries of our text conversion process—from the Word files you send us, to archival XML, to display on the Web: We hope this video will help our journal editors and publishing partners understand what happens after they send us the files for a new journal issue. Please feel free…

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[NB: This article was written by Susan Topol, and is being shared via Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.] ICD Connection: Living with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is a collection of stories that describe what it’s like to live with an ICD—a device that is implanted under the skin to treat life-threatening heart rhythms that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The ICD Connection book contains chapters written by ICD patients, family members, and caregivers, and…

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MPublishing has gradually been rolling out a redesigned interface for many of our publications, including digitalculturebooks, The Journal of Electronic Publishing, and Feminist Studies. In addition to looking and behaving a whole lot nicer, this new design also incorporates some important new functionality. Each article or book now contains Dublin Core metadata stored in metadata tags and RDFa. One reason for doing this was to provide search engines with additional information about our collections. This helps the search…

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MPublishing has hosted the online version of Feminist Studies since 2009. This journal publishes research and criticism that address theoretical issues and offer analyses of interest to feminist scholars across disciplines. It features theoretically sophisticated essays that make an original contribution and advance interdisciplinary scholarship regarding women and/or gender. This week, the amount of Feminist Studies content that we make available online increased dramatically: we just released thirty years worth of back content (1972-2002), or 1,117 previously…

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Last week, Thijs Niks (@ThijsNiks) tweeted enthusiasm for the Journal of Electronic Publishing‘s combined use of browser- and print-friendly layouts. (Thanks, Thijs!) “How do you do that?” he asked.   In reply, Bryan Smith of MPublishing’s Publishing Technology Group explains how we prepare content for consumption on screen(s) and in print: The Journal of Electronic Publishing, like other journals we publish, goes through an extensive digital workflow before reaching a reader’s screen or printer. Central to…

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Kevin Hawkins, SPO’s electronic publishing librarian, is serving as an invited expert on the EPUB Metadata Subgroup of the EPUB 2.1 Working Group, providing the perspective of the TEI Council (on which he serves) and of libraries. He is also co-editing Best Practices for TEI in Libraries, revisions of which are nearly complete.