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January 20, 2006

Reprints of Library's Historical Books Available via Amazon

The University Library, through its Scholarly Publishing Office, has entered into an agreement with BookSurge, an Amazon-owned book printer, to make trade paperback reprints from the Library's Making of America and Historical Math collections available on Amazon.com.

All of the books in these collections were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Making of America collection includes many titles pertaining to American social history and is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The Historical Math collection consists of books selected from the University of Michigan's remarkably rich mathematics collection.

These titles debuted in Amazon at the beginning of January. Prices are based on page count, and range from $11.99 to $44.99. Currently, a search using "Michigan Historical Reprint Series" as the author will pull up all 6,405 available titles. 3,000 more titles will become available in the coming months.

For the past two years, SPO has been offering hardcover reprints of University-owned titles as well as unbound, spiral, or tape bound "reading copies" through the Michigan Business Services Copy Center. An e-commerce system allows direct ordering online using a credit card. While this ordering method will continue, the books availability in Amazon will give readers an easy way to purchase paperback versions.

To date, some of the Library's bestsellers include:

The origin of all religious worship
The liturgy, or forms of divine service, of the French Protestant church of Charleston, S.C.
Projective geometry; A system of intellectual philosophy
Adventures in the wilderness; or, camp-life in the Adirondacks
Lectures on revivals of religion
The marine steam-engine
Illustrations of masonry
Lullaby land
Fifty years among the Baptists
Biblical researches in Palestine
The history of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Treatise on natural philosophy
A manual of photography.

Posted by kfolger at January 20, 2006 09:28 PM

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