To address the increased need for digital content and distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, the MIT Press is rapidly expanding access to a variety of free content. From making select books freely available on their open-source platform to granting libraries complimentary access to its institutional e-book platform, the press will continue to bring content to readers in a variety of formats.
As the current crisis unfolds, teams in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London are hard at work at finding creative solutions to share words and ideas with readers across the globe. The free e-resources that have been made available to help those who are working and studying remotely are: articles on pandemics and other relevant topics; freely available MIT Press books; the MIT Press Reader; virtual author talk series; complimentary access to MIT Press Direct for libraries; and access to e-textbooks for faculty and students.
A collection of articles from the MIT Press archives offers valuable information on pandemics to help inform and educate at this critical time. In addition, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University has put together a Crisis Reader on Biosecurity and the Global Covid-19 Outbreak, a collection of articles from the journal International Security that is also free on mitpressjournals.org.
In response to the increased need for digital content and distance learning, the MIT Press has made a selection of books on pandemics, epidemiology, and related topics freely available for the foreseeable future on its PubPub platform.
The MIT Press Reader will continue to publish articles related to the Covid-19 crisis, providing insightful commentary for as long as necessary. Currently, these include everything from a sweeping history of pandemics — with a few words on the current crisis — by renowned scientist Vaclav Smil, to a powerful argument for employing smartphone location data to stop the spread of the virus.
MIT Press Live! is a weekly virtual author talk series aimed at building vibrant online communities. These online events will feature experts from around the world offering enlightening and timely takes on important topics. Events will take place Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time and are free and open to the public.
Additionally, complimentary access to the e-book platform MIT Press Direct will be granted to libraries through the end of May 2020. The press is also partnering with ProQuest, EBSCO, Project MUSE, and University Press Scholarship Online to expand access to MIT Press e-books on those platforms.
The MIT Press is also supporting instructors and students with free e-textbook access codes through The MIT Press eTextbook site for the rest of the semester. Users may contact the press to request an access code for a particular course. The MIT Press will continue to provide updates on its dedicated blog as well.