Project Muse announced today that its Project Muse Editions e-books program is teaming up with the University Press e-book Consortium to become the University Press Content Consortium.
“This is a great moment,” said Kathleen Keane, director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, home of Project MUSE. “By bringing these two initiatives together, we have taken a major step forward to ensure the ongoing viability of university presses.”
The partnership allows e-books from an anticipated 60-70 university presses and non-profit scholarly pressesâ€”representing as many as 30,000 frontlist and backlist titlesâ€”to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.
The University of Illinois Press currently has a signed agreement with Project Muse Editions to distribute UIP titles in the e-book format. With the new agreement in place, e-book sales through the UPCC will begin January 1, 2012.