National Endowment or the Humanities: Humanities Open Book Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 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.
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 anticipates 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 secure the rights and 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 3.1 (or later) format, to ensure that the text is fully searchable and reflowable and that fonts are resizable on any e-reading device.
Proposed books can be on any topic relevant to any humanities discipline. However, in recognition of two important upcoming anniversaries, NEH encourages applicants to consider digitizing books related to the following:
- The 250th anniversary of the United States, coming in 2020. Applicants may wish to include important books relevant to the founding of the United States.
- The hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, coming in 2020. Applicants may wish to include important books relevant to the Nineteenth Amendment and women’s suffrage.
Amount: The maximum award for Humanities Open Book Program grants is $250,000.
Eligibility: Academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities.
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