Duke University Press Launches New Platform For E-Books

Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: http://read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.

Features of the new Drupal-based site developed by HighWire include responsive design, tailoring the attractive and functional interface to any device; DRM-free content; individual chapter downloads; and such tools as advanced search filters, social sharing, and reading recommendations, all of which deliver a rich, user-friendly reading and research experience.

“HighWire designed the Folio eBooks product to make it easy to find connections between scholarly content, regardless of whether the relevant information is published in journal articles or in book chapters,” states Tara Robenalt, HighWire’s director of product management.

The new site is open to all users and dramatically enhances the discoverability of Duke University Press’s content. It provides free access to the introductory chapters of every book in the collection and allows integrated searching and linking across book and journal content. “We at Duke University Press are very pleased that we have been able to start our long-planned and eagerly awaited move towards integrating our book and journal content with such a successful first step,” says Steve Cohn, director of Duke University Press.

The 2014 e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection will debut on http://read.dukeupress.edu, and older e-books purchased through the collection must be accessed there as well. Access via ebrary, the previous host for this content, will be discontinued in February.