News from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota

I have this idea that people out there are wondering about The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. Our first two books, Punk Archaeology (for free) and Visions of Substance (for free), were pretty successful, and we’d maybe be justified resting on our laurels. 

But, we’re not. 

I spent the last week or so writing a grant proposal that emphasized our cooperative model of production and distribution as an alternative to traditional academic publishing. We hope to get some support for a reboot of our neighborhood history series and perhaps a series of North Dakota Quarterly reprints

More importantly, we have a few more books in the works, and we expect that at least two of them will appear in the next few months. 

Next month, we will release Melissa Gjellstad’s and Danielle Skjelver’s translation of K. J. Skarstein’s War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians 1862-1863. This book documents the experience of Norwegian immigrants during the Dakota War and will feature an expanded introduction by Gjellstad, Richard Rothaus, and Dakota Goodhouse. The translation was supported by a grant from NORLA

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I just received some very early galley proofs for the book, and we’re almost there. 

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The interior of the book will need a bit more work, but the editing and layout is almost done. The font, while elegant, is too big, and after some deliberation, I think our readers would prefer the page numbers closer to the outside margins of the pages. 

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I also spent some time this weekend doing a preliminary editing run on a North Dakota Quarterly reprint that brings together contributions on World War I. I think it would be great to publish this collection on Veteran’s Day

So stay tuned to this page over the next few weeks for the latest news on The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota! 


  1. Reblogged this on Historian Loose on the Northern Plains and commented:
    Publication of Melissa Gjellstad’s and my translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s “The War with the Sioux” is progressing nicely.


  2. That’s a pretty great cover! I like the blending of the map into the image below.


    1. Thanks, Amalia!! That means a great deal coming from a published author!


  3. Kathleen Dixon July 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    So glad to hear of these works by The Digital Press. This book by Gjellstad and Skjelver is being published as “hard copy”– or is it digital? Or is this a dumb question?


    1. Kathy,

      As you can see from the blog post, we’ll publish it as a free ebook, but we’ll also make it available to readers who prefer paper via FAX. When it’s released, just send us FAX number and we’ll FAX it along on whatever paper you chose.

      Thanks for the support,


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