New York, NY -- January 19, 2023. Lived Places Publishing (LPP) was launched in the summer of 2021 with a mission to increase understanding and awareness across human difference. This month, the launch of our first collection of 40 titles represents a major step towards that goal.
Each LPP book is part of an inter-disciplinary collection, with a wide array of topic areas such as Disability Studies, Black Studies, Education Studies, Forced Migration Studies, Asian Studies, and Queer and LGBT+ Studies. Each of these collections are led by top academics in their respective fields. The 2023 library collection of 40 ebooks is delivered from our platform with DRM-free perpetual access, whole ebook inter-library loan rights, and with 5% of all sales used to fund author-selected open access publishing.
Lived Places Publishing was founded by longtime publisher and information technology industry entrepreneur David Parker and Dr. Chris McAuley, professor of Black Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. "As someone who has taught for many years, the sharing of personal stories seems to be the most effective way of sensitizing students to other people's experiences," notes Professor McAuley. "When David shared his original vision for Lived Places Publishing with me, I was immediately committed to making bringing this publishing concept to the world."
Though they are available to the general public as well, Lived Places Publishing books are intended to be course readings. Each book includes learning objectives, recommended additional readings, and suggested discussion and assignment topics, making them easy to plug into current curricula. Each book dives deeply into the experience of social identity and place or context, and is grounded in the theoretical principles of the academic subject of the collection within which the book resides. Example titles include:
- Music and Black Community in Segregated North Carolina by Gregory Freeland of California Lutheran University (Black Studies Collection)
- Improving the Experience of Healthcare for People with Sensory Disability by Annmaree Watharow of the University of Sydney (Disability Studies Collection)
Accessibility, affordability, and wide availability are core propositions guiding the Lived Places Publishing team. With this in mind, delivering a "library-first" collection was of critical importance. With input from a team of librarians and progressive publishers, LPP designed its library offering, which includes:
- DRM-free access to each title in the collection, with no restriction on pages printed, pages copies, or books downloaded.
- Whole ebook inter-library loan rights, allowing the LPP collection-owning institution to loan each title in the collection to one partner institution while maintaining local campus usage.
- Pricing per title that aims to be the lowest price offered per title anywhere.
Dominic Broadhurst, Head of Content and Discovery at the University of Salford, notes, "LPP is striving to provide high quality content whilst simultaneously addressing some of the real pain points faced by libraries within the current library e-book environment." Dominic also serves on LPP's librarian board of advisors.
To introduce Lived Places Publishing and our 2023 library collection of 40 titles to the university library world, we are offering unrestricted open-ended trials. We understand that interrupting faculty or student access to content during the semester can create havoc. Therefore, we understand the need to let our early trialing libraries define the length of the trial. To begin a trial or to learn more about the Lived Places Publishing 2023 Library Collection of 40 titles, please visit: https://livedplacespublishing.com/librarians
About Lived Places Publishing
Lived Places Publishing, LLC is a privately-owned publisher based in New York. Our aim is to deliver a wider, more diverse range of voices to college classrooms in easy-to-consume, curriculum-ready course readings.
For queries or comment, please contact David Parker, Founder & Publisher: email@example.com or 201-673-8784.