University of Hawai’i to Digitize 22 Out-of-Print Books

Written by Andi Feddeler

As MobyLives recently reported, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which aims to strengthen and defend humanities and arts through grants and funding to higher institutions, awarded the University of Hawai’i Press a $100,000 grant in order to digitize and distribute twenty-two books that had gone out of print. The Mellon Foundation has partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to establish the  Humanities Open Book Program, which works to make out-of-print books available to larger audiences.

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Barnes and Noble Begins a Nationwide Book Club

Written by Andi Feddeler

Barnes and Noble is one of the happiest places someone who loves books can go. It may not be as homey as local bookstores, or have as wide a selection of nonfiction as the libraries on college campuses, but it’s pretty great for anything and everything else. The wide selection, not only of books, but of games, stationery, magazines, and activity books, is astounding. Taking a trip to B&N is an exercise in self-control (at least for me).

There are already plenty of reasons to visit Barnes and Noble, but if you were looking for one more, here it is in two words: Book. Club. The Barnes and Noble Nationwide Book Club is starting up May 2, 2018, and the first book on the list is The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. This coming-of-age tale is perfect for almost any reader, but especially those who are looking for a strong and powerful female lead. It is a self-proclaimed feminist novel and an active analysis of female ambition—perfect for reading with a group.

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Harry Ransom Center Buys Arthur Miller Archive for $2.7 Million

Written by Andi Feddeler

Most of us have some experience with Arthur Miller and his works, whether from acting out The Crucible in high school or being forced to study Death of a Salesman. My own high school put on a production of After the Fall and explored Miller’s many personal relationships and inner conflicts. Nobody can doubt his influence on American literature and society, especially considering his numerous awards ranging from the Tonys to a Pulitzer Prize. He was in the public eye for years on end, and held a prominent place in Hollywood for his film productions and sometimes scandalous social life. Nearly everyone in the ’50s followed his affair and marriage to icon Marilyn Monroe, which ultimately ended in a divorce 5 years later. Throughout all of this, he retained his status as an incredible playwright and author.

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Looking at NYT’s Notable Books of 2017

Written by Andi Feddeler

If you’re struggling with what to gift your literary friends and family for the holiday season, The New York Times Book Review has recently come out with a list of 2017’s most notable books with 100 total titles. A wide selection of books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been selected by the editors and were compiled into an alphabetical list of great works of 2017. If you’re like me, this list can seem a little overwhelming, so I’ve chosen a few of the books that most interest me to look into further.

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The Internet Archive Uploads Thousands of Books from 1932 to 1941

Written by Andi Feddeler

For those of you who love digging into literature that’s been relatively unexplored for the past few decades, you’re in luck! According to Open Culture, recently Elizabeth Townsend Gard of Tulane University collaborated with her students in a project to scan and upload thousands of works from 1923 to 1941. Gard and her students worked under an important provision of U.S. copyright law, Section 108(h).

The digitized books can be found online on The Internet Archive under “The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection,” named after the late musician who made his way into the House of Representatives from 1994 to 1998. He pioneered many liberatory copyright laws, allowing more access to books that are not currently being sold or generating revenue.

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