By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
As based in London Exact Editions open his Collection of Ukrainian digital bookshashtag #PublishersForUkraine, leading international book publishers – including some of the most influential university presses – are contributing to the effort, adding relevant volumes that will be freely available to the public until April 15.
As the collection is prepared today (March 9), its contents already include books by:
Exact Editions provides Dropbox access here so that publishers can upload books relevant to Ukraine to appear in this free-to-read digital collection.
The Exact Editions system will create a streaming database from PDF files submitted by an editor. After the free public access period, a page will remain with bibliographic details and links to sites from which titles can be purchased. Editors are urged to see collection homepagewhich includes terms and conditions as well as required specifications for downloads. Participating publishers will receive free use of the company’s Reading Room platform for six months after the event in Ukraine.
A timely response
Today’s news from Ukraine is very distressing. As this story is written, the Siege of Mariupol is developing as a deepening atrocity. The gardians live coverage team – at this time Léonie Chao-Fong manages updates— joined other major outlets in broadcasting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s nightmarish tweet this morning announcing that Russian forces have launched a “direct strike” on a maternal hospital. “People, children are under the wreckage.”
In light of this singularly brutal assault on civilian targets, Anne Applebaum, international affairs analyst, author and editor with Atlantic. She is a former Cundill History Prize winner whose books on Russia include Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine and Iron Curtain: The Crush of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (his Cundill Prize winner) – told CNN’s Kate Bolduan This Morning on At this hour“Putin’s original plan was to quickly occupy Ukraine, seize power and declare the country now part of Russia”, but he had “no idea that the Ukrainians would resist as they have fact.
“What he’s doing now,” says Applebaum, “is really a policy of terror. He’s trying to get people to leave. He may be hoping to take over empty towns and claim them or populate them with Russians. What he is really doing is a form of ethnic cleansing.
Ironically, Applebaum says in an echo of his latest book, The Twilight of Democracy: The Alluring Lure of Authoritarianism (Doubleday, 2020), “I think Putin was listening to Trump’s denunciations of NATO and his distance from NATO during this administration” and assumed that NATO would not meet.
“I think he didn’t count on what the sight of tanks going through a European country would do to people in Germany, to people in Italy, to people in France, to people in Europe and of course to people in the United States” , she says. , images that now remind the world of “what NATO was created to prevent”.
Exact Editions: “We all need to know more”
The intention behind the idea of putting together this new open-access digital non-fiction collection is an informative and educational gesture “to support the people of Ukraine in these difficult times”, per media message this morning from London. “The content will be available for global access via the web until April 15, providing insight for those seeking additional knowledge.”
Exact Editions co-founding president Adam Hodgkin is quoted in the company’s announcement: “We all need to know more about the history and culture of Ukraine and the political landscape of Russia. .
“We are proud to work with world-renowned publishers to provide readers with such an educational tool.
The digital editor Exact Editions is well known to Publication prospects readership, especially for its plans to digitize collections of niche content, including the biennial magazine Cornucopia, which studies Turkey and Turkish life, and newly produced material, such as the Spanish magazine Banipal of Arabic literature.
You may remember that in September the company produced a digital collection to showcase books on the climate crisis, coinciding with COP26 in Glasgow and working in partnership with the International Association of Publishers (API) and save the children. This compilation included fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, as well as a separate collection of German-language books in light of what organizers said was a particularly robust response at the time of the German community of book publishing.
And as Putin’s war on Ukraine continues to enrage and disgust a world that at times seems paralyzed by the complexity of geopolitical red lines, more editor contributions to the collection can only help expand its value. for those trying to figure out how such an unthinkable event unfolds day after day. after day.
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