Yale’s Open Courses Inspire a New Series of Old-Fashioned Books

Last month we reported on Yale’s addition of seven new online courses to its growing roster of free offerings. Now we’ve learned that Yale is inaugurating a new series of books based on its popular open courses.

“It may seem counterintuitive for a digital project to move into books and e-books, because these are a much more conventional way of publishing,” Open Yale Courses founding project director Diana E.E. Kleiner told The Chronicle of Higher Education last week. But the books are in keeping with Open Yale’s mission of “reaching out in every way that we could.”

Yale University Press is bringing out the first six titles this year. The paperbacks are priced at roughly $12 on Amazon, with e-book editions going for closer to $10.  The first three volumes–Theory of Literature by Paul H. Fry, New Testament History and Literature by Dale B. Martin, and Death by Shelly Kagan–are available now, while three additional titles–The Moral Foundations of Politics by Ian Shapiro, Introduction to the Bible by Christine Hayes, and Political Philosophy by Steven B. Smith–will be published later this year. The publisher says the books are “designed to bring the depth and breadth of a Yale education to a wide variety of readers.”

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  • Clau

    I’m looking forward to read this books. Took the Death online course by professor Kagan and it was very interesting.

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