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Digital Publications help hardcopy sales

Scholarship on Ancient Middle East Becomes Free Digitally Newswise —

A wealth of material that documents the ancient Middle East has become available through a new, free online service at the Oriental Institute.
 The material comes from the extensive collection at the institute, which is a major publisher of important academic books on the languages, history and cultures of the ancient Middle East. The effort began in 1906, when the University started issuing publications that have been essential for studying the past…… .

……..Statistics on downloads of electronic files and sales of printed books have been carefully tracked, and the Publication Sales office has noted that the availability of free downloads has not adversely impacted the sale of the printed volumes. In fact, the availability of free PDFs of titles has increased print sales. After the complimentary distribution of 21 titles—books that had not been accessible via the Internet before 2008—print sales of those same titles increased by 7 percent compared to the previous two years.

Read more here: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/552994/

This shows that having free pdfs of reprots and publications will actually help sales ! Many people are loathe to put documents online for free, fearing it will affect sales of the hard-copy… this however, seems to show the reverse!


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Stonehenge fisheye

Stonehenge fisheye

Ancient Skies will be a 4k resolution ‘FullDome’ planetarium show that explores the relationship between ancient cultures and the night sky – principally the Megalithic of Northern Europe – and will be the first to showcase the emerging science of Archaeo-Astronomy.




With the sponsorship of one of the world’s top 3 Planetarium companies, SKY-SKAN, an extensive pre-production phase has just been completed, with 60 minutes of location material shot principally in digital timelapse under motion control. A dedicated page for the project is available at

www.pmwcreative.org/ancient_skies.html. You can also view online ‘The Empire of Stone’: a compilation of the best of the material from the pre-production shoots.

PLUS…  have a look at this beautiful site…  ataste of things to come in web 2.0 in heritage


this is what we want!

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