Brett Bobley, director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), recently paid a visit to Johns Hopkins University Press. That publisher—the oldest university press in the United States—has been turning out scholarly works since 1878. “In one room, they have a copy of every book they’ve ever published. The shelves go up a couple of stories,” Bobley says. Yet only a few of those titles are available to the reading public. “Most of the rest are out of …

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