Promoting the Gutenberg-e Prize and e-Scholarship

In the course of the Gutenberg-e Program, officers and staff of the Association, as well as staff at Columbia University, actively sought to promote the Gutenberg-e books themselves, but also electronic publication more generally. By legitimizing electronic publishing, the AHA sought to change academic attitudes toward e-books. Our efforts to promote electronic publishing of monographs consisted of three principal parts—promoting the merits of online scholarship, assessing the academic reward system and where electronic publications might fit, and promoting innovation in online publication.

Promoting Online Scholarship

"A Historian of Books, Lost and Found in Cyberspace" by Robert Darnton (March 1999)

"Lessons Learned: Five Years in Cyberspace" by Robert B. Townsend (May 2001)

"Digital Technology and Historical Scholarship: A Publishing Experiment" by Kate Wittenberg (May 2002)

"Gutenberg-e: A Field Report" by Kenneth Margerison (October 2003)

The Academic Reward System and Electronic Publications

"On the Tenure Track with an E-Book" by Deirdre Murphy (May 2003)

"A Crisis in Scholarly Publishing" by James M. McPherson (October 2003)

"New-Model Scholarship: Destined for the Dustbin of History" by (October 2003)

"History and the Future of Scholarly Publishing" by Robert B. Townsend (October 2003)

"Talking Shop with the 'Gutenberg-es'" by Elizabeth Fairhead (May 2007)

Promoting Innovation in Electronic Scholarship

"All of Tomorrow's Yesterdays: History Scholarship on the Web" by Robert B. Townsend (May 2002)

"A Discussion about History's Electronic Future" by Elizabeth Fairhead and Robert B. Townsend (April 2004)