May 26, 2022

University of Hawaii Press Awarded $100K Grant From Mellon Foundation to Publish Open-Access Books

From University of Hawaii:

University of Hawaiʻi has received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitization and open-access distribution of 22 out-of-print University of Hawaiʻi Press books.

The 18-month project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In 2017, UH Press received a $90,000 grant to launch the program at UH Mānoa.


A team of UH Press and UH Mānoa Library employees recommended texts for the Humanities Open Book Program that are foundational to regional studies in Asia, the Pacific and Hawaiʻi.

Among the books selected are a heavily illustrated, three-volume ethnography of Tahiti, as well as the biography of an important statesman who served the last king of the Hawaiian monarchy.

At the end of the project, readers will be able to find direct links to open-access works from a new UH Press website, and download the digitized books in EPUB and PDF at no cost. A print-on-demand option will also be offered for select titles.

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