May 18, 2022

Unlatch Them All! Knowledge Unlatched Will Be Making 343 Humanities and Social Science E-Books Open Access

UPDATE April 10, 2017 More Than 200 Full Text, Open Access Books Now Available Online From Knowledge Unlatched Select 2016

KU has now unlatched over 200 titles from the recently-funded KU Select 2016 collection of 343 Humanities and Social Sciences e-books. This brings the total number of unlatched books from all KU collections to over 300.

These titles can be downloaded as Open Access PDFs and in some cases EPUB files by anyone, anywhere from KU’s official partner platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. Each title carries a Creative Commons licence agreed between the publisher and author, allowing for their book to become Open Access without embargo.

See Also: KU Select 2016 Title and Publisher List (.xls)

UPDATE March 10, 2017 Unlatching Begins: The First 60 Full Text Humanities and Social Sciences Books Now Available For Download (Open Access)

The first books to be unlatched from this collection are from the following publishers: Dartmouth College Press, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, John Benjamins, Pluto Press, Rutgers University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of North Texas Press, University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press. Titles range from “Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity” to “Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy”, “The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neoliberal Era” and “Contemporary Carioca: Technologies of Mixing in a Brazilian Music Scene”.


From KU:

2017-02-23_09-58-34Knowledge Unlatched is very happy to announce that we will be unlatching all 147 front list and 196 backlist e-books from the KU Select 2016 collection.

Around 270 libraries and consortia from 21 countries pledged towards the unlatching of this collection, which shows that there is great global support for Knowledge Unlatched’s mission in making Humanities and Social Sciences ebooks Open Access.

This brings the total to 449 e-books available as Open Access via KU, since 2014.

The Humanities and Social Sciences titles cover sixteen subject areas and can be downloaded for free as PDFs and EPUBs via our official hosts’ platforms, OAPEN ( and HathiTrust (

KU has announced its plans for 2017, which include expanding to HSS journals in the next collection, KU Select 2017, and providing geolocational usage statistics to libraries. More than 60 publishers have submitted over 850 titles for the next collection, which the Library Selection Committee will vote on so that KU is able to offer the most attractive titles to the library community.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Direct to KU Select 2016 Title and Publisher List (.xls)

See Also: List of Supporting Institutions

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