Basel, 23 August 2012 — 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. Examples of PDA in action from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan are included. Grand Valley works with EBL for their PDA plan. Many other aggregators and publishers also offer PDA plans including ebrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, and Ingram/MyiLibrary. 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 bepress’s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter, answered some questions about the acquisition for NSR. View the Press Release.
NSR: What was the impetus for acquiring the BePress journal collection?
SF: One of the key pillars of De Gruyter’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
Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Sven Fund, the CEO of DeGruyter. News to me, DeGruyter has been publishing for 262 years! We discussed DeGruyter’s ebook program including their e-ditions program. E-ditions provides “on demand” requests for digital or print copies of thousands of backlist titles. Listen to the interview here.
I received a nice email from De Gruyter about their e-dition service. De Gruyter e-dition makes over 60,000 backlist titles from De Gruyter’s 260+ year publishing history available for purchase. This includes titles no longer available in print and titles that would otherwise not be converted to digital format. At a customer’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.