For Immediate Release · March 02, 2017
Ohio University Press and James Currey Partner to Release African Studies Classics as e-books.
Athens, Ohio — Leading African studies publishers Ohio University Press and James Currey Publishers, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer since 2008, are releasing e-book editions of select groundbreaking titles in East and West African studies that the two publishers originally copublished from the 1980s through the early 2000s. These titles were not previously available in digital form.
As of March 1st, the first group of books is available for Kindle, Nook, and through iTunes and Google Play. They include, among others, Abdul Sheriff’s Slaves, Spices, and Ivory in Zanzibar; Emmanuel Akeampong’s Themes in West Africa’s History; and Sylvianne Diouf’s Fighting the Slave Trade. A second group of electronic books will be released later this year.
The project is the result of a long collaboration between Ohio and Currey. “These are critically important texts that have not been available electronically for individuals or for libraries,” said Ohio University Press director Gillian Berchowitz. “While digitizing them has been a substantial undertaking, we want to make sure that this essential scholarship remains available for the classroom in a convenient and affordable format.”