Humanities Open Book Program

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Humanities Open Book Program: The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. Humanities Open Book is jointly sponsored by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Traditionally, printed books have been the primary medium for expressing, communicating, and debating humanistic ideas. However, the vast majority of humanities books sell a small number of copies and then quickly go out of print. Most scholarly books printed since 1923 are not in the public domain and are not easily available to the general public. As a result, there is a huge, mostly untapped resource of remarkable scholarship going back decades that is largely unused by today’s scholars, teachers, students, and members of the public, many of whom turn first to the Internet when looking for information. Modern ebook technology can make these books far more accessible than they are today.

NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary. However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed “ebooks” that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers. The final ebook files must be in EPUB version 3.0.1 (or later) format, to ensure that the text is fully searchable and reflowable and that fonts are resizable on any e-reading device.

Federal Grant Title: Humanities Open Book Program
Federal Agency Name: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Categories: Humanities
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 20160913-HZ
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 320037
CFDA Descriptions: Promotion of the Humanities_Office of Digital Humanities
Current Application Deadline: Sep 13, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Sep 13, 2016
Posted Date: Mar 22, 2016
Creation Date: Mar 22, 2016
Archive Date: Mar 22, 2016
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $50,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Special district governments
Private institutions of higher education
State governments
Link to Full Grant Announcement
http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/humanities-open-book-program
Grant Announcement Contact
If you have questions about the program, contact the ODH staff at odh@neh.gov. Applicants wishing to speak to a staff member by telephone should provide in an e-mail message a telephone number and a preferred time to call. odh@neh.gov
odh@neh.gov

National Endowment for the Humanities 202-606-8401
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