Sources interest everyone. Sources are the special concern of libraries and special collections. EOS is a series of scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic publications of primary sources. Publications in EOS consist of a critical introduction to the source, a high resolution facsimile, an authorized transcription, and optionally an English translation.
EOS is one answer to the question of how research libraries, special collections, and humanities scholars may work together in the digital world. EOS demonstrates that the digital world and the physical world are not opposed. It is not an “either/or” dilemma, but a “both/and,” for students and scholars get the best of both worlds. This collaborative endeavor publishes academic editions of primary sources in the history of science in both online and print formats. With EOS, open access signifies a scholarly paradigm entailing high-quality publications which are peer reviewed, make a scholarly contribution in their field and count as academic publications.
The EOS platform consists of a single technical workflow that produces every book in several different formats:
• First, with a hyperlinked web version, users navigate between sections using a pull-down menu. One may link directly to any paragraph in the work. In the facsimile section, browse by thumbnails or zoom in on high resolution images, even on a smartphone. A transcription offers a marked up, readable text in the original language. Most publications will also feature an English translation.
• The web page for each book also offers download links for two portable formats: a print-quality PDF and an EPUB that resizes to fit your screen, whether on an iPad, Kindle or smartphone.
• Finally, for those who wish to have a printed copy, a handsome, hard-bound book is sold for roughly the cost of printing. The other formats are available free.