Unless the professional soothsayers, the book industry navel-gazers, and the technological evangelists have all been proven wrong (impossible!), lots and lots of you are ringing in 2011 with the brand new ereaders that you received as gifts last month. A Kindle? A nook? An iPad? A smartphone? One of each? Lucky!
Whatever you got, if you’re planning to use it for ebooks, we have you covered. Not every Harvard University Press title is available as an ebook, but quite a lot of them are, with more and more added nearly every day. Below is just a very short list of HUP titles that are currently available as ebooks from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and the Google eBookstore (which, by the way, lets you finally buy ebooks directly from some of your favorite independent booksellers – check here for a list of participating indies).
This (again, very short) list contains recent releases, backlist treasures, perennial course adoption titles, and some of this blogger’s personal favorites. A word of warning, though: some of the ebook vendor sites aren’t yet so good at handling searches (Google is maybe being ironic?), so try including both the author and the title in your search terms if you have trouble finding any of these ebooks.
In no particular order:
Stealing Lincoln's Body, Thomas J. Craughwell
Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Sudhir Venkatesh
Leadership Without Easy Answers, Ronald Heifetz
To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise, Bethany Moreton
The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, Michael J. Sandel
Inside Deaf Culture, Carol A. Padden and Tom Humphries
Why People Die By Suicide, Thomas Joiner
Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Jonathan Lear
Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society, Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova
The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots, Irene Maxine Pepperberg
White Teacher, Vivian Gussin Paley
A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression, Richard A. Posner
Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora, Stephanie E. Smallwood
Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City, Michael A. Lerner
Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman, Marjorie Shostak
Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America, Lawrence Levine
The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena, Thomas Borstelmann
The New Gay Teenager, Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Biophilia, E. O. Wilson
The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America, James M. O'Toole
Worst-Case Scenarios, Cass R. Sunstein
Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, John Rawls
That should be good to get you started. Happy New Device!