Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Latest HEB Top-Hit Titles (Spring 2013)

The latest list of the ten most frequently hit titles in the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection (totaling 3,700 books) is posted below. These findings are from our most recently processed royalty period, covering July 2012–December 2012.

In addition to the titles making repeat appearances on this list, there are two new entries for this cycle: Walter Johnson's Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, investigating the politics and social mores of the domestic slave trade through the example of the New Orleans slave market; and Computer: A History of the Information Machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray, which details the origins of this life-changing technology in business and government in the form of huge appliances through the development of our familiar home PCs. Frequent use of specific titles in the collection generally indicates recent course adoption or simply growing interest from scholars in the fields in question.

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge, 1995)
  4. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  5. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  6. Polanyi, The Great Transformation (Beacon Press, 1957)
  7. Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early American (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  8. Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  9. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  10. Campbell-Kelly and Aspray, Computer: A History of the Information Machine (Perseus Books, 1996)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Handheld Titles Just Released

HEB has just released another round of downloadable titles, including Paul Boyer and Tom Engelhardt's By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jr., The Renaissance Rediscovery of Linear Perspective, Anne McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest, and James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.

This brings the number of handheld titles now available from HEB to around 90, with dozens more slated for conversion in the coming months. Fields covered include Women's Studies, Religious Studies, Native Peoples of the Americas,  Asian History, African History, Latin American History and more; publication dates span the 1920s through 2000s.

All titles in HEB's handheld/mobile editions program may be individually purchased for $9.99 from various retailers, including Amazon, BooksOnBoard,, Powell's BooksFeedbooks, and others.

For details on the program, please visit: