De Gruyter has announced that it is providing sponsorship for the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) to celebrate the launch of the De Gruyter Open Access Book Library on www.degruyter.com. Other sponsors include Brill, Springer, and OpenEdition. DOAB is a service of OAPEN Foundation, an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.
De Gruyter Open Access Book Library contains between 800 and 900 titles and is intended to draw attention to the growing number of open access books. Half of the Library contains De Gruyter’s open access books, while the other half is by publishing partners. Forty percent of the titles are in history, social sciences and philosophy, ten percent are STM books and the remaining 50 percent distributed among other humanities. Learn more about it here. Continue reading De Gruyter sponsors Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
ProQuest has just announced it has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter’s 26,000 ebooks (from over 15 international imprints) available for purchase through the OASIS® system. This prompted us to revisit OASIS—ProQuest’s free web-based system for searching, selecting, and ordering print and electronic books for academic libraries—and provide a quick update on its growth.
Indended for academic, corporate, and government libraries, OASIS (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) supports multiple ordering and selection workflows for print and ebooks, including approval plans, firm orders, standing orders, demand driven acquisition, EDI ordering and MARC ordering. It now provides libraries with access to over 1.5 million unique ebook titles and 25 million print titles. Continue reading More ebook choices for OASIS users
“With this agreement, De Gruyter is furthering the policy of the Dutch government, which has prioritized Open Access for the country’s universities,” says Carsten Buhr, Managing Director of De Gruyter, in the press release announcing the publisher has signed an agreement with The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) to make Open Access articles available in DG’s hybrid journals. The portfolio available to Dutch scholars consists of 370 peer-reviewed journals.
From the press release:
The agreement covers the period from 2016 to 2018, and enables all academics that belong to an associated university to release Open Access publications through De Gruyter. As part of the agreement, the usual Article Processing Charge (APC) that is paid up front by authors is waived. This will apply only in cases where the institution has an active subscription for the journal to which the author submits an article for peer review and publication
According to the terms of the license agreement, the deducted Article Processing Charges will be reconciled with the annual subscription renewal cost for the following year.
Berlin, 8 October 2014
Publoris (www.publoris.com) is a new service for academic self-publishing that is geared especially toward the needs of young academics. Developed in a partnership between De Gruyter and MyBestseller, the service allows authors to publish their manuscripts quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and is thus an ideal complement to traditional routes for publication. Continue reading De Gruyter and MyBestseller launch academic self-publishing service, Publoris
Berlin October 1, 2014 – De Gruyter will give access to all of its scholarly content to 1.000 highly active Wikipedia editors and will allow them to use it for their encyclopedia research. The editors are offered the opportunity to read ebooks, journals and database entries on De Gruyter Online, when they write articles for Wikipedia. Continue reading De Gruyter donates access to top Wikipedia editors
I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.Â The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.Â The official press release is below.
Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?
This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution
Over 50,000 Titles Now Available through the E-dition Program
Berlin/Cologne/Vienna, 2 June 2014 â€“ The academic press BÃ¶hlau Verlag, which has been a publisher partner of De Gruyter since 2013, is making its entire backlist available through De Gruyter’s e-dition program. Over 7,000 works that originally appeared between 1945 and 2009 are now available as eBook-on-demand (EOD) or print-on-demand (POD). The digitalization of BÃ¶hlau’s frontlist (titles from 2010 to present) was completed last year. Continue reading De Gruyter’s publisher partner BÃ¶hlau Verlag completes the digitalization of its catalog
I’m very pleased to see this announcement about De Gruyter title availability in ePub3 format.Â This is a great step forward and I hope other publishers will follow.Â ePub3 formats are particularly good with dynamic adjustment of content for screen size, not to mention web accessibility.
Berlin, 28 May 2014 â€“ De Gruyter is proud to announce that all of its frontlist titles are now available in the ePub3 format. Alongside the PDF format, ePub is one of the most widely used eBook standards, enabling the mobile viewing of content on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.Â Continue reading De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles
Berlin/Philadelphia, 21 May 2014 â€“ The University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) has signed a contract granting De Gruyter global distribution rights to its electronic products. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Penn Press while also strengthening De Gruyterâ€™s portfolio with a range of premier academic publications. Continue reading University of Pennsylvania Press selects De Gruyter as distribution partner for econtent
“Open Access is Part of Our Core Business”
De Gruyter Open: A New Imprint for a Growing Portfolio
Berlin, 23 January 2014 â€“ Open Access (OA) is an important and growing aspect of De Gruyter’s publishing activities, impacting all subject areas. De Gruyter is therefore consolidating all OA publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint. Continue reading De Gruyter consolidates all OA publications in new imprint: De Gruyter Open
2800 Harvard University Press titles will be re-released as e-ditions with De Gruyter beginning in January, 2014.Â Libraries can choose e or p versions of the titles.Â 200 titles are ready and available at this time with the remainder slated for full release by the end of 2013 (updated information).Â Here is more from the press release:
Berlin/Cambridge, 5 November 2013 â€“ To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Harvard University Press is working with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books published since its founding, HUP and De Gruyter announced today. Continue reading Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles
De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select.Â It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online).Â The press release, below, mentions printing and delivering the book in a few days.Â The FAQ adds additional information, including this statement, “you will not gain online access to content if you have only selected it for printing.”Â So, it appears users can purchase content to add to their printed De Gruyter Select book that was not available to them online.Â Here is more information from the press release:
Berlin, 16 September 2013 â€“ “De Gruyter Select” is a new service that lets customers select and assemble content from various types of publications to create their own custom book, which is then printed and delivered within a few short days. Continue reading Create custom books with De Gruyter Select
This is fabulous news.Â Way to go De Gruyter!Â I’m so pleased to see publishers working direct with Unglue.it.
Berlin, 2 April 2013 â€“ Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.
Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. Continue reading De Gruyter and Unglue.it partner to expand open access titles
De Gruyter Signs 10,000 Title eBook Agreement with YBP Library Services
â€“ Agreement to add academic ebook titles to GOBI3 database â€“
Updated:Â Titles will be available on the De Gruyter Online platform as well as ebrary and EBL via Gobi3.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ March 4, 2013 – De Gruyter, the international academic publishing house, announced today that it has signed an agreement with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, whereby nearly 10,000 titles from De Gruyterâ€™s eBook program, e-dition, will be made available for purchase through GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBPâ€™s acquisition and collection management interface. De Gruyter publishes more than 850 new titles annually in medicine, the humanities, natural sciences and law, in addition to more than 600 journals and digital media publications.
Continue reading De Gruyter and YBP Library Services partner to sell over 10,000 titles via Gobi3
De Gruyter acquires two academic publishers, plans to digitize collections.Â More from the press release:
De Gruyter Purchases Two Academic Publishers: Oldenbourg and Akademie
Berlin, February 26, 2013 â€“ De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers with a long and rich tradition: Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of 1 January 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business. Continue reading De Gruyter acquires Oldenbourg and Akademie publishers
Below is a bit of detail on two publishers that will work with De Gruyter’s new PDA model.Â If you haven’t read about the new PDA model from De Gruyter, take a look at the white paper.
Press release from De Gruyter:Â Berlin, 28 November 2012 â€“ The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple:Â to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter’s publishing partners â€“ Harvard University Press, and BÃ¶hlau Publishers â€“ will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to a greatly expanded range of academic content. The partnerships will particularly enlarge the range of publications available in the field of history. Continue reading Harvard University Press and Bohlau Publishers to offer PDA model via De Gruyter
The following is a press release received from De Gruyter:
Integrated Publishing at the De Gruyter Group: All Digital Content at One Platform
De Gruyter Online now features all content from BirkhÃ¤user and the open-access publisher Versita
Berlin, 2 October 2012 â€“ Over 450,000 e-books and e-journal contributions, over 15 million database entries, and some 17,000 open-access journal articles are available as of today at De Gruyter Online. “The integration of BirkhÃ¤user and Versita content is the capstone of our platform migration,” says Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter. “Now customers can access all publications from one platform, including all content from De Gruyter and from our partners Harvard University Press and Sellier European Law Publishers. Beginning in 2013, the platform will also feature content from the publishing houses BÃ¶hlau and Otto Schmidt.” Continue reading De Gruyter announces one platform for digital content
Basel, 23 August 2012 â€“ At the end of September the publishing house BirkhÃ¤user will launch one of the largest collections of e-books in the fields of architecture, design, and landscaping. With over 300 titles the e-book collection represents a large majority of BirkhÃ¤user’s publications since 2005. Many of these e-books are beautifully illustrated, and the collection features numerous standard works such as the Entwurfsatlas Schulen und KindergÃ¤rten (Design Atlas for Schools and Kindergartens), Licht fÃ¼r StÃ¤dte (Light for Cities), and Syntax der Landschaft (Syntax of the Landscape). The collection also contains architectural monographs such as Bothe Richter Teherani, Christoph MÃ¤ckler, and Ortner & Ortner. Continue reading BirkhÃ¤user to launch over 300 e-Books in architecture, design, and landscaping on De Gruyter Online
Patron Driven Acquisition has gained much interest from libraries these days. As a result, many are writing about their experiences with the new business model.
Today, Inside Higher Education featured an article on “PDA In the Library,” (E-book acquisition based on use and demand could save libraries thousands). This article discusses the benefits of PDA, highlighting a study from a D.C. consulting firm, The Advisory Board Company.Â Examples of PDA in action from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan are included.Â Grand Valley works with EBL for their PDA plan.Â Many other aggregators and publishers also offer PDA plans including ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, and Ingram/MyiLibrary.Â OverDrive recently announced a PDA option for their new WIN platform, but I don’t believe it has launched yet. Continue reading Patron Driven Acquisition in Libraries
Today, De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they have reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepressâ€™s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences.Â Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter, answered some questions about the acquisition for NSR.Â View the Press Release
NSR: What was the impetus for acquiring the BePress journal collection?
SF: One of the key pillars of De Gruyterâ€™s strategic plan is the internationalization of our publishing operations. With the acquisition, De Gruyter establishes relationships with very prominent editors in chief, who maintain highly attractive journals. We want to maximize our opportunities within this prestigious academic community and further expand our activities.
Moreover, we increase our exposure to a number of consortia that have been working with Berkeley Academic Press, but did not yet work with De Gruyter. We are thrilled about the opportunity to liaise with them and cooperate in the future. Continue reading De Gruyter acquires 67 journals from bepress – details from De Gruyter’s Sven Fund