October 15, 2018 – Charlottesville, VA and Cambridge, MA – Silverchair announced today a partnership with the MIT Press to develop and host a new eBooks platform, MIT Press Direct.
Known for iconic design, rigorous scholarship, and creative technology, the MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts.
MIT Press Direct will launch with more than 2,500 titles in 2018, offering a broad range of books from its distinguished front- and backlist, including significant works in economics, business innovation, machine learning and AI, environment, evolution, and energy. Using Silverchair’s suite of self-serve publishing tools, the MIT Press plans to introduce new subject collections, including science/technology/society, information sciences, digital humanities, and education in 2019.
“We are delighted to work with the MIT Press and host their renowned ebook collection,” said Thane Kerner, Silverchair CEO. “The MIT Press joins a cohort of other distinguished university presses on a platform that is designed to support the changing and expanding needs of their users.”
“The MIT Press is committed to innovation, both in terms of what we publish and how we publish,” said Amy Brand, director of the MIT Press. “With the launch of MIT Press Direct, we will meet our users’ needs by providing access to thousands of new and classic MIT Press titles through a platform that is accessible, sustainable, and independent, under terms that are consistent with our values as a university-based publisher.”
Once launched, MIT Press Direct will offer institutional subscribers DRM-free books with chapter-level access for unlimited simultaneous users, MARC and KBART records for easy data ingestion, and standardized usage reports. A key factor in the Press’s selection of Silverchair as a partner was the need for a flexible platform that can accommodate the diverse list that the MIT Press publishes, ranging from highly technical titles with LaTeX mathematical computations to heavily illustrated art and architecture volumes.
“Partnering with Silverchair will make it possible for the MIT Press to launch an elegant, responsive, full-feature ebook site that advances the fields to which the Press has contributed over the last 50 years,” said Terry Ehling, director of strategic initiatives at the MIT Press. “Delivering our high-value scholarly ebook content to a global community of scholars is a priority for us, and we look forward to utilizing Silverchair’s technology to help us advance research and education worldwide.”
MIT Press Direct will be available to institutional subscribers in 2019.
About the MIT Press – The MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. MIT Press books and journals are known for their intellectual daring, scholarly standards, and distinctive design. Since its founding in 1962, the MIT Press has been changing the rules of engagement between academic authors and their readers. Reflecting and amplifying the values of an educational institution that places a premium on experimentation, invention, and open information access, the MIT Press was one of the first publishers to exploit the potential of the internet. mitpress.mit.edu
About Silverchair – Silverchair integrates and delivers scholarly and professional content from a single omni-format hosting platform – journals, books, video, custom formats, and more. The Silverchair Platform provides distinctive online sites, unique products, and advanced technologies to STM and humanities publishers, professional societies, and the federal government, propelling their content to greater reach and impact. www.silverchair.com