University of Michigan Press Extends Free-To-Read Ebook Access

Tweeted by Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director, University of Michigan Press: 

Doesn't look like libraries will reopen soon + COVID-19 spikes are stranding scholars at home in parts of US and other countries. Talking to our authors and library partners, it didn't seem right to close access yet. But, boy, hope that libraries will purchase when they can . . .

— Charles Watkinson (@charleswatkinso) June 25, 2020

Quote from the University of Michigan blog post: University of Michigan Press (UMP) will extend free-to-read access to the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) until the end of August 2020, strengthening its support of students, librarians, and faculty who need ebook access as they continue to transition to online learning and teaching...Additionally, in recognition of the budget constraints that many libraries now face as a result of COVID-19, UMP will also keep UMP EBC prices flat for the 2021 calendar year.

If you're interested in learning more of what's happening with university presses, you might also want to read the recent Ithaka blog posting, University Presses in the Age of COVID-19: How Press Directors are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic. Published on June 30, Part Two of that posting appears here.