University of Chicago Press Launches DRM-Free Short-Form Ebook Series

CS_LogoThe University of Chicago Press launched its Chicago Short series today with nine titles.

“Priced for impulse buying,” according to the The Chicago Blog, eight of the short-form ebooks are available for $3.99 and one for $0.99. To add to the appeal, that $0.99 title is free through the end of February. (For insight into how ebook pricing influences sales, check out this week’s Ebook Best-Sellers list.)

Chicago Shorts will comprise previously unpublished content, archival pieces, and best-of’s from the Press’s newer books. All titles in the series will be DRM-Free.

By not tying Chicago Shorts titles to any given user with Digital Rights Management, the Press is holding true to the dictum that “university presses are charged with serving the public good by generating and disseminating knowledge” (AAUP). And indeed, this series is “aimed at the general reader,” according to The Chicago Blog.

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