Come Hear about Micah Bloom’s Codex!

If you’re a North Dakota reader, you should make plans to come over the the North Dakota Museum of Art on Friday, December 8th at 3 pm to hear a panel on Micah Bloom’s Codex featuring Micah Bloom (Minot State University), Thora Brylowe (University of Colorado-Boulder), David Haeselin (UND), Sheila Liming (UND), and Brian Schill (North Dakota Quarterly). It’s part of the College of Arts and Sciences A-ha! Lecture Series and co-sponsored by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota Quarterly. Here’s the flyer: Here’s the press release: Book Release Event for Micah Bloom’s Codex …

Cyber Monday: Download Free Books or Read More and Buy Less

The Black Friday to Cyber Monday holiday is such an orgy of consumerism that we had to invent “Giving Tuesday” to cleanse our collective conscience.  The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is doing its part to soften the blow of the holiday season by making available its entire catalogue of books on North Dakota or Archaeology for free downloads (including Eric Burin’s Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College (2017), which doesn’t really fit into a category!) (Actually, all book published by The Digital Press are always free). We’re particular excited to announce the open access version of Elwyn Robinson’s History of…

Pre-Order The Beast Today!!

This is turning into a pretty exciting month for The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Last week, we released Micah Bloom’s Codex and today, we’re excited to announce our support for the pre-order campaign for The Beast produced by Ad Astra Comix and Dr. Patrick McCurdy, from the University of Ottawa. The Beast is a brilliantly illustrated and engaging story of two precariously employed millennials living in the heart of Canada’s oil country.  Go and pre-order a copy today and watch this space for some exciting future developments!  This project continues The Digital Press’s commitment to the sustained study of petroculture in North America and…

Beauty from Disaster: Announcing the Digital Release of the Codex Project

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I announce the publication of the digital version of Micah Bloom’s Codex. This is an ambitious, transmedia work that includes a limit-edition numbered hardcover book, a digital book, two award-winning films, an installation, and, very soon, a trade paperback. Micah Bloom’s photographs explores the fate of books in the aftermath of the historic Minot floods of 2011. It is joined by a group of original essays that unpack Bloom’s photographs and films, the events of the flood, and the meaning of book in our world. The digital version of the book is…

Leon Osborne and the Red River Flood of 1997

As many local readers know, Leon Osborne passed away last week. Many people may be less familiar with his role in helping the community of Grand Forks during the devastating 1997 flood. We were fortunate that he was willing to contribute to David Haeselin’s (ed.) Haunted by Waters which we published earlier this year on the 20th anniversary of the Grand Forks flood of 1997. David offers this reflection on Osborne’s role in the 1997 flood. Leon Osborne was more than just North Dakota’s weatherman. His role in more accurately predicting the Red River’s water level during the Flood of 1997…

Open Access Week Announcement: The Digital Press + Epoiesen

Each year, Open Access Week celebrates the work of authors and publishers who make their works available for free and open circulation. From its origins, the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota has worked to encourage open access publishing across its entire catalogue and seek out collaboration with likeminded authors and publishers. For Open Access Week 2017, we are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology founded and edited by Shawn Graham at Carleton University in Ottawa. Epoiesen urges its contributors to apply a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license to their works, but also recognizes that…

Collaboration, Citations, and Codex from The Digital Press!

The last few weeks have been busy ones for The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. We are in the process of negotiating a collaboration with the University of North Dakota’s venerable literary journal, North Dakota Quarterly, to see it become a more nimble and digital publication. We have also agreed to work with an innovative new digital journal of archaeology and material culture, Epoiesen, edited by Shawn Graham at Carleton University in Ottawa. These collaborative projects represent the core values of The Digital Press as they look to bridge the gap between traditional publication and innovation and…

Introducing Micah Bloom’s Codex

Traditionally, academic publishers fulfill several key steps in moving a manuscript to publication. Once they receive the manuscript, they coordinate peer review, offer editorial and even content suggestions, and perform copy edits, layout pages, and, most importantly, produce the final publication (before distributing and marketing this product from which they take a cut). In other words, the publication process is creative, generative, and adds value, but also tends to be distinct from the process that generated the manuscript. In other words, a wall exists between author and publisher that helps establish publishing as separate from writing and to justify the…

The Digital Press on Longreads

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is excited to announce that Josh Roiland’s story, “It Was Like Nothing Else in My Life Up to Now” in David Haeselin’s edited volume, Haunted by Waters: The Future of Memory and the Red River Flood of 1997 (2017) has appeared on the iconic long-read internet site, Longreads, this week. Go check it out, and if you like their work (and their support of a wide range web publishing), click the Support Us button and give them some support. At very least, click through to their page and support their mission by…