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…

Sneak Peek: Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota, 1958–2018

Over the last year, I’ve been whispering about this project a bit. Kyle Conway is editing an updated version of The Williston Report: The Impact of Oil on the Williston Area of North Dakota (1958), and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota will republish both original report and an updated slate of essays. The updated version will be titled Sixty Years of Boom and Bust The Impact of Oil in North Dakota, 1958–2018, and it will become a contributing volume to the Bakken Bookshelf and sit nicely alongside The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota (2016)….

Making the Book: Protesting on Bended Knee

The essays have been copyedited, sent back to their authors, and some have even been returned to the publisher! Eric Burin’s Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent and Patriotism in 21st Century America, is slipping gently into the production phase at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Yesterday morning, I started to think about how the book would look. I will keep the book at the 5.5 x 8.5 size to keep some continuity with Eric’s Picking the President from 2017. I’ve made the margins a bit more generous on the inside of the page to give the…

An Inappropriate Place to Flaunt Politics: Mike Pence and the NFL Protests

Eric Burin At a time when major news stories sometimes disappear in a day or two, the NFL protests against racial inequality have captivated the nation for nearly two years. The demonstrations have held our attention because they concern issues that Americans find important, including racism’s eradication, dissent’s boundaries, and patriotism’s meaning. As a case in point, consider the role played by Vice President Mike Pence, who on Wednesday will visit Grand Forks, the home of the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, which will publish the forthcoming anthology, Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in…