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Duke U. Press Rolls Out Online Access to Its Books

Libraries can now sign up to buy access to all of Duke University Press’s latest offerings in electronic form through the just-launched e-Duke Books Scholarly Program. The program operates via ebrary, a widely used online content provider.

Duke publishes about 115 books a year in the social sciences and humanities, according to Michael McCullough, the press’s sales manager. Subscribers to e-Duke Books will have online access to all those and to all backlist titles available in electronic format — 900 and counting. Although many university presses have partnerships with ebrary, Mr. McCullough said he believed that Duke’s program is unique because it offers access to the press’s full list, not just to individual titles.

Scholarly presses, including Duke’s, have watched hardcover library sales slide. The e-Duke program is “a sort of long-range response to the decline in sales of cloth monographs,” Mr. McCullough told the Chronicle.

“We know that, increasingly, library resources are moving toward electronic products rather than print books, and we want to make sure that we’re participating in that in a way that’s as beneficial to libraries and us as possible,” he said. —Jennifer Howard

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