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Ebook Central now offers more than 118,000 digital rights management (DRM)-free books. Here are 10 of them

By Alison Roth

Our customers asked, so we answered. Ebook Central’s new DRM-free titles are available without download, print or copy/paste restrictions, and they’re accessible on (and transferrable between) any personal device that supports PDF or EPUB, from laptops to tablets to Kindles.

Librarians who use Ebook Central can get a full DRM-free title list on the LibCentral dashboard. (View the brochure to learn more about our DRM-free content and how to access it.)

But for now, here’s a sample of what you’ll find…

Masculinity at Work: Employment Discrimination Through a Different Lens, by Ann C. McGinley
New York University Press
In late October 2013, the Miami Dolphins' player Jonathan Martin walked out on his team and checked into a mental health institution. News sources reported that Martin's teammates had repeatedly bullied him. This title uses the Jonathan Martin case and others to analyze Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through the lens of masculinities theory. This book educates readers about the invisibility of masculine structures and practices, how society constructs concepts of masculinity, and how men (and sometimes women) perform masculinity in different ways depending on their identities and situational contexts.

Nature and Sociology, by Tim Newton
Berghahn Books
This book engages with, and contests, the “new sociology of nature.” It moves beyond existing debates by presenting new social theory and working across current fields of interest, addressing the debate on new genetics and genomics, taking human biology seriously, and the issues of interdisciplinarity that are likely to arise in longer term attempts to work across the social and natural world.

The Search for the Gene, by Bruce Wallace
Cornell University Press
From Gregor Mendel's experiments on garden peas to the mammoth Human Genome Project of today, how did we get where we are in the science of genetics? In this intriguing book, Bruce Wallace examines the concept of the gene and recounts the history of genetic research, providing a concise transition from genetics to modern molecular biology.

Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Popular Science in the United States, by Rebecca Onion
University of North Carolina Press

From the 1950s to the digital age, Americans have pushed their children to live science-minded lives, cementing scientific discovery and youthful curiosity as inseparable ideals. In this multifaceted work, historian Rebecca Onion examines the rise of informal children's science education in the twentieth century, from the proliferation of home chemistry sets after World War I to the century-long boom in child-centered science museums. Onion looks at how the United States has increasingly focused its energies over the last century into producing young scientists outside of the classroom.

China's New Sources of Economic Growth: Reform, Resources and Climate Change, by Ligang Song, Ross Garnaut, Fang Cai and Lauren Johnston
ANU Press
Leading experts on China’s economy and environment review change within China’s new model of growth, and its interaction with aging, environmental pressure, new patterns of urbanization, and debt problems at different levels of government. This book also illuminates some new developments in China’s economy, including the transformational potential of internet banking, and the dynamics of financial market instability.

Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing: An Official Publication of the IntNSA, by Albert Rundio and Bill Lorman
Wolters Kluwer Health
This book provides a foundation for expertise in addictions nursing, and helps nurses achieve success on the basic and advanced additions nursing certification examination. It serves as a valuable reference for nurses in all settings and practice areas, aiding with the development or expansion of knowledge of skills in caring for clients potentially or actually affected by addictive processes.

Public Asset Management Companies: A Toolkit, by Caroline Cerruti and Ruth Neyens
World Bank

This toolkit is designed for policy makers and stakeholders who are considering the establishment of a publicly funded asset management company (AMC). An AMC is a statutory body or corporation, fully or partially owned by the government, usually established in times of financial sector stress, to assume the management of distressed assets and recoup the public cost of resolving the crisis.

The Americanization of Narcissism, by Elizabeth Lunbeck
Harvard University Press
American social critics in the 1970s seized on narcissism as the sickness of the age. But they missed the psychoanalytic breakthrough that championed it as the wellspring of ambition, creativity, and empathy. Elizabeth Lunbeck's history opens a new view on the central questions faced by the self-struggling amid the crosscurrents of modernity.

Cultural Turns: New Orientations in the Study of Culture, by Doris Bachmann-Medick
De Gruyter, Inc.

The contemporary fields of the study of culture, the humanities and the social sciences are unfolding in a dynamic constellation of cultural turns. This book provides a comprehensive overview of these theoretically and methodologically groundbreaking reorientations. This work is the English translation by Adam Blauhut of an influential German book that has now been completely revised.

Political Parties in South Africa: Do They Undermine or Underpin Democracy? by Heather Thuynsma
Africa Institute of South Africa, distributed by African Books Collective
Political parties and the party system that underpins South Africa's democracy have the potential to build a cohesive and prosperous nation. But in the past few years the ANC's dominance has strained the system and tested it and its institutions' fortitude. This volume offers a different – and detailed –assessment of the health of South Africa's political system. 

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Alison Roth is the lead business blogger at ProQuest. A former journalist, she enjoys AP style, direct quotes and a good Oxford Comma debate. She was inspired to become a writer many years ago by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, and is still influenced by his style to this day. You can follow Alison on Instagram at @five_speed_

28 Sep 2018

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