Has anyone figured out how to search for ETDs within Amazon? I tried
about a dozen recent titles from Dissertation Abstracts, but none were
listed. I also tried searching "dissertation umi" but found only 1 ETD
which was indicated as being out of print. I'd like to be able to see
a list of all ETDs available for purchase through Amazon.
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Quoting John Hagen <[log in to unmask]>:
> Dear Colleagues,
> It has come to my attention that there is a partnership for
> distribution of ETDs in the Proquest system using Amazon.com. One of
> our faculty members was contacted by a former doctoral student of his
> when she noticed her dissertation for sale on Amazon.com, she was
> worried due to pending publication contractual obligations.
> After having researched this I found that under this new arrangement
> there was nothing seemingly out of the ordinary with the customary
> way Proquest handles its services. This appears to be simply a
> cross-referencing of available titles from Proquest, using Amazon as
> a vending portal, and works the same as when contacting Proquest
> directly for distribution services such as "Dissertation Express" at
> http://www.umi.com/products_umi/dissertations/disexpress.shtml. In
> fact, I can see how it would be beneficial for all involved to have
> additional distribution via this new outlet.
> However, I wish we had been notified upon implementation of this
> service so we could properly advise our graduate students and
> faculty. I could not even locate any press release about this from
> the Proquest Website. Our university attorney is presently vetting
> the situation and our online documentation to be sure we cover our
> bases. Below is a copy of an email form letter I received from
> Proquest in response to my query.
> For anyone interested, copies of the Proquest Agreement forms
> (required for all of our graduate students who submit electronic
> theses and dissertations), an opt-out form letter and our online
> documentation are available as follows:
> It would be interesting to hear your comments, questions and
> - jhh
> John H. Hagen
> Program Coordinator,
> Electronic Institutional Document Repository Programs
> WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
> Acquisitions Department
> Wise Library, Room 2510
> P.O. Box 6069 / 1549 University Ave.
> Morgantown, WV 26506-6069
> (304) 293-4040, ext. 4025
> >>> "Hubenschmidt, Molly" <[log in to unmask]>
> 02/16/06 3:18 PM >>>
> Dear John,
> I'm responding to your inquiry about . . .
> Amazon.com is now an additional source for very current dissertations
> and theses whose authors have not placed distribution restrictions on
> their work. Bibliographic information and abstracts for dissertations
> and theses published in the current year and the most recent prior
> year will appear in Amazon.com searches. If an Amazon.com customer
> decides to purchase the work, the transaction occurs through Amazon's
> shopping cart procedure. These sales result in royalties, of course.
> The ProQuest-Amazon.com partnership applies only to U.S. authors of
> graduate works published by ProQuest/UMI.
> We're excited about this development because dissertations will now
> show up under anyone's search by area of interest. Readership is no
> longer limited to those in academia or other researchers, and we
> believe this is a good thing. We expect to develop a new constituency
> among well-educated lay readers with strong topical interests.
> UMI's partnership with Amazon offers one more avenue through which
> the results of academic research can reach society. As we are all
> aware, funding agencies and foundations are heeding society's call
> for making research more widely available to the public*-especially
> science and technology research. Expanded distribution via Amazon.com
> allows researchers to substantiate claims that they are making their
> funded research broadly available.
> As your publisher, we offer your dissertation for sale and pay you
> royalties in any year in which your 10% accrues to $10.00 or more. If
> you did not restrict distribution of your dissertation when you
> signed your author agreement, we assume that you want the broadest
> possible distribution of your work. If you are no longer comfortable
> making your work broadly available, we can restrict sales of your
> work per your instruction. Please contact our author relations team
> at [log in to unmask] or 1-800-521-0600, extension 7020 if that
> is your wish, or if you have any further questions about the
> Amazon.com portal to dissertations and theses.
> Best regards,
> Molly Molly HubenschmidtProquest Information and LearningSpecialist,
> Author /School Relations300 N. Zeeb Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103-1553tel:
> 734-761-4700 x 2165 or 800-521-0600 x2165fax: 734-997-4113
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