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The editors of Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning invite readers to comment on a new digital book in-progress during its open peer review phase, now through October 30th, 2013. General audiences will join four designated expert reviewers in publicly posting online commentary to shape the direction of the final manuscript, thereby making the traditionally hidden process of peer review more visible and transparent. Based on essays from twenty-five contributors,…

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The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing, the University of Michigan Press and MPublishing are pleased to announce the launch of the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC). The Collaborative has two dimensions: it is a book series that will publish born-digital and digitally enhanced texts focused on the intersections between technologies and communications (teaching, writing, reading) and the social, aesthetic, and political contexts where these occur; it is also a community web space by and…

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Open Humanities Press (OHP) and MPublishing are pleased to announce the publication of six open access books on critical theory, continental philosophy and cultural studies. Each title will be freely available as full-text HTML and paperback editions. In a unique collaboration, OHP, an international, scholar-run publishing collective, and MPublishing are jointly releasing the books on a rolling publication schedule beginning December 15. “We are tremendously excited with these results,” says Sigi Jöttkandt, a co-founder of…

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From the press release: The University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office is launching the first serious effort to identify orphan works among the in-copyright holdings of the HathiTrust Digital Library, which is funding the project. The vast majority of HathiTrust’s holdings are in-copyright (73%). An unknown percentage of these are so-called “orphans,” that is, in-copyright works whose owners cannot be identified or located. The lack of hard data on the number of orphans in the…

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