One of Broadview’s Digital Assistants proofing an EPUB file.
Several years ago now, we at Broadview decided it was time to begin offering ebooks; as reading preferences became more and more diverse, it became increasingly important that our content be available electronically to meet the changing needs of our readership. Because our books are primarily used as course texts, we knew that it was important to offer them as both PDF files and as EPUB files, as these formats provide different advantages for the classroom. PDFs offer students and professors an electronic version that is in a fixed layout, similar to the print book, and that retains the page numbers and formatting of the printed text; EPUBs offer different advantages: texts are reflowable and adapt to the screen size and functionality of different devices, making them easy to use with a wide range of technologies. EPUBs also allow for greater interactivity and a wider range of features to support learning, including dictionaries, note-taking, highlighting, linked endnotes, and hyperlinks to live web sources.
While we already had most of our titles in PDF format, we needed to send our files to a third-party conversion house to have them converted into EPUB files. With the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation over the last two years, we have converted over 300 of our titles to EPUB so far, sending PDFs out for conversion, receiving the new files, and then putting each EPUB through a rigorous correction process. Our books present us with fascinating editorial challenges as we convert them: our extensive footnotes, glossing, and equations have all stretched the EPUB format to its limits, and we have had to use some creative strategies to shape our content to this new medium. Once a file is complete, we then upload it to our website and to Google Play, where it is available for purchase and download.
Broadview is pleased to offer a wide selection of our catalogue in both EPUB and PDF formats; as reading preferences change, and as classrooms and learning communities evolve, it is important to us that students and professors have access to high-quality electronic versions of our editions and textbooks.
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The Broadview edition of Robinson Crusoe, edited by Evan R. Davis, was recently reviewed by Benjamin F. Pauley (Eastern Connecticut State University) in Digital Defoe. Read the full review here and look for more information on this edition on the Broadview website.
Greetings from the distribution office at Broadview Press! As our busy season comes to a close, we would like to give you a glimpse behind the doors of our warehouse and a brief description of what went into fulfilling orders, both small and large. We’ll let you know about some of the tools we use and the perils we face as we work to make sure your books get out on time.
An order is received—over the phone, email or fax—in one of the grey cubicles inside our office. The office staff then convert the order information to packing slips and invoices while facing the dangers of paper cuts, coffee stains, toner spills, stapler jams, and the general chaos of Broadview’s busy season. While it may not sound entirely hazardous, a well-placed paper cut could be moderately painful and could possibly lead to a slight infection if not treated properly. Luckily, our staff is fully trained to deal with these minor emergencies and are resilient enough to work through any such injuries, no matter how moderately painful.
Once the invoices are sent to the adjoining warehouse, our warehouse staff pick the orders and pack the boxes using recycled packing material whenever possible. More exciting and dangerous tools are utilized at this time including an electric forklift; a shrinkwrap machine (which could possibly double as a pizza oven, not that it’s ever been tried before); a warehouse floor sweeper; a poster of Johnny Cash performing at Folsom Prison; and various sharp and pointed tools used for building and destroying cardboard boxes.
Once the orders are packed, our shipments are picked up by various courier companies for delivery across Canada and the U.S.A. At peak season, an average of 200 orders per day are processed and over 8 thousand books per week are shipped out to over a thousand colleges and universities in North America.
If you find yourself in Peterborough, Ontario, please come by for a visit! We’ll provide free coffee, a tour of the warehouse, and a long, boring lecture on the intricacies of textbook order logistics.
Ross McCallum, Distribution Manager
Brian Orend’s The Morality of War is one of the most widely-read and influential books ever written on the topic. Earlier this year, Orend was a guest on the Smart People Podcast where he discussed the second edition of The Morality of War (now available!), as well as the larger ethical issues surrounding war, peace, and human rights. Give it a listen!
In this excerpt from the introduction to our newly published anthology, The Broadview Introduction to Literature, general editor Neta Gordon addresses the age-old question: Does delving deeper into the structure, meaning, and purpose of a literary work only serve to destroy the value of that work?
In anticipation of the publication of Globalization and International Development, we spoke with co-editor (along with Denise Dimon) H.E. Baber to get her thoughts on the ethical and economic issues surrounding globalization and the ways in which this new anthology brings those issues to light.
“I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose, words in their best order; poetry, the best words in the best order.”
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Writing about Literature 2/e was written because literature and writing instructors were asking for a chapter on poetry to complement the textbook’s original focus on prose fiction. The first edition employed Stephan Crane’s remarkable “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” as its focal point, providing a casebook treatment of the story; and it took some time to find a suitable companion piece, a poem that could offer students a rich text to study and explore. I also wanted—in contrast to Crane’s much-discussed short story—a poem that had been given relatively little critical attention, thus providing both students and their instructors an opportunity for critical first discovery.
A lovely review of Roderick McGillis and John Pennington’s edition of George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind recently appeared in VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review. Daniel Gabelman writes:
“In addition to the text of At the Back of the North Wind and the seventy-six original illustrations by Arthur Hughes, the Broadview edition is packed with material such as a preface by Stephen Prickett, a lengthy introduction, footnotes, and a host of appendices on everything from “the Serial Publication of At the Back of the North Wind” to “Children’s Literature and the Victorian” to “Victorian Fairy-Tale Debate” to maps of London and a diagram of the parts of a horse…[I]t will undoubtedly become the new standard text for scholarly discourse on the novel and is also an outstanding choice for classroom use.”
—Daniel Gabelman, Teacher of English, Eastbourne College, reviewed in VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Volume 29
Also reviewed this month in the Times Literary Supplement was Teresa Heffernan and Daniel O’Quinn’s new edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters. The reviewer, Norma Clarke, offers an interesting overview of Montagu’s travels to the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century and the impact of her written accounts of the Ottoman culture; about the Broadview edition, Clarke writes:
“Immediately popular, the Letters retain their freshness. The voice is distinctive, and the personality commanding; some of the adventures are hair raising (the “frightful” precipices dividing Bohemia from Saxony were worse than anything in the Alps) and some of the individuals are curious and engaging. …A generous supply of appendices and notes situating the manuscript in the context of Orientalist debates, descriptions of Ottoman governance and society, eighteenth-century accounts of Islam, women and the harem, and the smallpox controversy makes this edition ideal for student use.”
—Norma Clarke, Times Literary Supplement, May 3, 2013
For more information on these editions, please visit www.broadviewpress.com.
Stephen Donovan and Matthew Rubery’s unique anthology of Victorian investigative journalism, Secret Commissions, was recently reviewed by Ann M. Hale (University of St. Thomas) in the Spring 2013 issue of the Victorian Periodicals Review. Hale writes:
“A key strength of Secret Commissions is that the content resonates with a range of disciplines, from media studies to literature, from history to gender studies, and from documentary studies to creative-nonfiction. It introduces students to several seminal Victorian works, such as W.T. Stead’s “Maiden Tribute” (1885), James Greenwood’s “A Night in the Workhouse” (1866), and George Sims’s “How the Poor Live” (1883). Pieces by well-known figures, such as Stead, Dickens, Mayhew, Sims, and Greenwood, appear alongside some relatively unknown writers, such as “A. B.” and Herbert Cadett….Outside of the classroom, the primary value of Secret Commissions is that it offers a glimpse into the development of investigative journalism in the nineteenth century. While it will be of most use to those with little knowledge of the subject matter since it is comprised primarily of excerpts, the anthology does gather together previously uncollected material and draws attention to the need for further study. Secret Commissions has a stimulant effect akin to that mentioned by Stead in that it brings the subject of Victorian investigative journalism, which could have remained dormant, to the forefront and leaves one craving more.”
To read an excerpt from Donovan and Rubery’s anthology, take a look at our earlier post on Secret Commissions here.
The newly published third edition of The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction is a unique collection of 45 stories, with more works from the past 20 years and a greater representation of American authors than previous editions. In her Preface to the anthology, editor Sara Levine—herself a celebrated fiction writer—comments on the ways in which stories change, and how they remain innately the same, as we look at samples throughout history.