Blurbs, Russians, and Rhymes: A Protesting on Bended Knee Update with Eric Burin

It’s been about three months since The Digital Press published Eric Burin’s edited volume, Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America. For most academic books three months is barely out of the gate, but in the rapidly changing political landscape surrounding the Colin Kaepernick protests and criminal justice reform, three months is a long time!  Since this week is both the start of the annual Super Bowl hype cycle and dedicated to life and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr., we thought it was a good time to reach out to Eric Burin and asked him a few questions about Kaepernick’s evolving place…

New Book Day: Epoiesen Volume 2

The best day at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is always New Book Day. The Digital Press is very pleased to announce the publication of Epoiesen, volume 2. Epoiesen is exactly what it says on the box: a journal for creative engagement in history and archaeology. It is edited by Shawn Graham at Carleton University in Ottawa in collaboration with an impressive editorial board. The library at Carleton hosts digital side of the journal and The Digital Press publishes an annual paper and pdf version of articles. This issue includes a model for creating interactive, immersive historical texts using…

A Book by its Cover: Epoiesen Volume 2

We’re getting pretty close to having Epoiesen 2 ready for publication. Followers of The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota may remember that we published Epoiesen 1 in early 2018. It’s a collaboration between The Digital Press and Shawn Graham and colleagues who publish Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology. If you haven’t checked out Epoiesen 1, you really should. It showcases the range of creative ways that thoughtful and critical folks are engaging with the past. You can even buy a paper copy for $6. The process of publishing Epoiesen has been a particularly fun challenge…

Sneak Peek: The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet

Looking for something to read this weekend? Download this sneak preview of the expanded and digital edition of The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet. This graphic novel is a collaboration between Ad Astra Comix and The Digital Press to make their remarkable work available, for free, to a wider audience. You can buy the paper original from Ad Astra Comix directly, if you live in Canada, or from AK Press in the U.S. For our part of the deal, we teamed up with one of the project creators, Patrick McCurdy, to bring together three new essays, an…

Book Release: Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America

Today is “New Book Day!” at the Digital Press. We are excited and proud to announce the publication of Eric Burin’s Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America. This book brings together The Digital Press’s commitment to the public humanities, to innovative and responsible digital, open access publishing, and to our collaborative publishing model. The book brings together a wide range of perspectives on history, philosophy, ethics, and practice to bear on protesting, race, and patriotism. Eric Burin’s expansive introduction is cited almost exclusively with over 300 hyperlinks to articles on the media, which have all been made permanent using Perma.cc to…

The Joy of Voting

There’s a lot going on over the next month at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. If you want to be in the loop follow The Digital Press on Twitter.  This week, the Digital Press kicked off a collaborative project with Dr. Eric Burin in the Department of History at the University of North Dakota and Citizens University, a non profit leader in civic engagement. The project is called The Joy of Voting and it looks to “reinvigorate a culture of voting” or at least remind the public that voting can be a joyous experience. Grand Forks, North Dakota is…

New Books, Social Media, and Landmark Downloads

This fall looks to be an exciting one for The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. First, we have two new titles that should appear in the coming weeks: The extended digital version of Hugh Goldring, Nicole Burton, and Patrick McCurdy’s The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet which was originally published by Ad Astra Comix (and you can buy the print version here). There’s a great interview with the authors and creators of this work in the LA Review of Books. You can find the link on the book’s page at The Digital Press. We’re also very close to…

Books in Barcelona

Like most publishers, I really like books. It’s not just the content of books, but also their physical form, the indeterminacy of the medium in contemporary society, and design that draws me in. As readers of this blog likely realize, the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota takes seriously the work of book making whether it is circulated as a digital file or as a paperback.  This past week, I got a chance to cruise through the La Setmana del Llibre en Català (The Week of the Book in Catalan) in Barcelona. Because I don’t really read Catalan, my experience…

Covering The Beast and the LA Review of Books

I dedicated most of this weekend to production stuff for the next two books from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota: The Beast and Protesting on Bended Knee: Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America. While my work on Protesting involved adjusting margins and adding (and then revising) about 300 hyperlinks, my work on The Beast nudged us from a bunch of disassociated files to something that looks to all the world like a book! For those of you who don’t know what The Beast is about, it’s a book-length comic from Ad Astra Comix that tells the story of a couple who…

Workflows, Hybrids, and Design at The Digital Press

This weekend was largely turned over to work on two upcoming projects from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. When I first started the press, I swore that I keep things small, avoid having two projects in production at the same time, and build slowly.  Last year, I broke that rule and this fall, it seems like I’m breaking the rule again. I’m in production with Eric Burin’s Protesting on Bended Knee project and with Patrick McCurdy and Ad Astra Comix on the expanded, digital version of The Beast. Fortunately, the projects are both super cool and they’re challenging…