Digital and Open Access Projects

Most University of Washington Press books are available as ebooks and can be found among the offerings of your favorite ebook vendor.

The press is also involved in several open access or multimedia projects and initiatives.


UW Press Open Access Books

Our growing collection of open access books is available on our open access site as well as JSTOR, MUSE, OAPEN, and other platforms.


Studies on Ethnic Groups in China: Open Edition

Thanks to a partnership between the UW Libraries and UW Press, Studies on Ethnic Groups in China, edited by UW professor of anthropology Stevan Harrell, is our first open access book series. The open editions are made possible by a grant from the Transformation Fund of the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment to facilitate the transition toward open publishing models.


UW Press / Geiss Hsu Foundation Open Access Books

This collection of scholarship on Ming dynasty China and adjacent periods and territories is openly available thanks to the generous support of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation.


TOME: Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem

Open access editions of several books have been made possible thanks to the support of institutions participating in the TOME program, a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of University Presses.


Path to Open

This initiative, hosted by JSTOR and developed in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies and some three dozen university presses, provides a three-year pathway to open access for authors interested in expanding the reach of their work to underserved audiences around the world.


NEH Fellowships Open Book Program

This program makes research supported by National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship programs freely available to the public.



RavenSpace is an online platform for media-rich books in Indigenous studies that provides a respectful digital environment where communities and scholars can work together to share and create knowledge. The platform was developed by the University of British Columbia Press in collaboration with UW Press and other partners, with the support of the Mellon Foundation.



UW Press and UW Libraries are among the early adopters of Manifold, a publishing platform developed by the University of Minnesota Press, CUNY GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and Cast Iron Coding and funded by the Mellon Foundation. Manifold supports new forms of scholarship on a reader-friendly platform that encourages discussion and fosters community.


Sustainable History Monograph Pilot

UW Press was one of twenty university presses that participated in a Mellon-funded, University of North Carolina Press–led initiative to publish open access history monographs, designed to increase engagement with original scholarship by readers across the globe.


Art History Publication Initiative

UW Press led a nine-year initiative to publish heavily illustrated books in digital form, in collaboration with Duke University Press, Penn State University Press, and the University of Pennsylvania Press and with the support of the Mellon Foundation.