January 18, 2022

University College London Press Now Offers Open Access Books in Three Formats

From UCL Press:

The new open digital scholarship platform from UCL Press presents its open access books online in three distinct and innovative formats: enhanced digital editions, monographs with scholarly functionalities, and BOOCs (Books as Open Online Content).

Developed by Armadillo Systems (producers of the award-winning Turning the Pages and Digital Bodleian), UCL’s platform offers new ways of publishing digital scholarship, and responds to the needs of scholars working in non-traditional formats. Its three strands are as follows:

Enhanced Digital Editions

These beautiful digital books are presented in a format that offers both thematic and chronological navigation. Highly illustrated, they feature slide shows of images, deep zoom features, audio, video and 3D, and the format is perfectly suited to highly illustrated research outputs dealing with artefacts and manuscripts. Titles available as enhanced editions include the popular Petrie Museum of Egyptology: Characters and Collections and Treasures from UCL.

Scholarly Monographs

UCL Press’s scholarly monographs are presented in an online reading format with a suite of scholarly functionalities: here you can highlight, take notes, search, cite, export and save or share a personalised copy or extract.

Content will include the output of UCL’s groundbreaking social media study Why We Post, including the popular titlesHow the World Changed Social Media and Social Media in an English Village by renowned anthropologist Daniel Miller. Additional titles include Temptation in the Archives by the late Lisa Jardine and Suburban Urbanities, edited by Laura Vaughan.

BOOC (Books as Open Online Content).

These ‘living books’ feature articles of various types, in a non-linear thematic presentation that offers readers the option to select and sort subjects they wish to read. With long and short articles, blogs, videos, audio and Storifys, content is added to these ‘books’ over a period of time. The first BOOC, which captures the outputs of Academic Book of the Future, an AHRC/British Library project, will launch in September 2016.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.