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.
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.
I received a nice email from De Gruyter about their e-dition service.Â De Gruyter e-dition makes over 60,000 backlist titles from De Gruyterâ€™s 260+ year publishing history available for purchase.Â This includes titles no longer available in print and titles that would otherwise not be converted to digital format.Â At a customerâ€™s request, a formerly unavailable title will now be available both in electronic format (exclusively for libraries and institutions) and/or as a hardcover reprint. Where retro-digitization of material is required, the title will be delivered to the recipient within a maximum of ten weeks.
More information is also available on the De Gruyter web site.
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