January 20, 2022

eBook News: De Gruyter Announces New Open Access Model for E-dition Titles + News from O’Reilly, Elsevier, and Baker & Taylor

1. Unrestricted Backlist Access – De Gruyter Presents its New Open Access Model for E-dition Titles (PDF) 

With De Gruyter’s new Open Access model, some 45,000 e-dition titles from the publishing house’s backlist can be made freely accessible. For €1,500 or $2,100 customers can purchase an e-book in the same standard as a work produced normally through De Gruyter’s e-dition program. The book is then made freely accessible at De Gruyter Online under Creative Commons  license CC BY-NC-ND.

This new Open Access offering is directed first and foremost at libraries and research institutes, and a discount is offered when multiple titles are purchased simultaneously. Yet individuals can also take  advantage of this offer. Authors, for example, can choose to make their previously published works  available as Open Access. The new Open Access model is available for all publications released in 2004 or earlier and which are not available in any “Best Of” packages.

At the beginning of April De Gruyter began offering 100 selected titles from its e-dition program at the crowdfunding platform www.unglue.it, so that they can be made accessible worldwide as Open Access books.

2. Elsevier and O’Reilly Media Sign New Ebook Distribution Deal

Elsevier and  O’Reilly Media today announced that O’Reilly will distribute many of Elsevier’s academic, research-focused ebooks.  This expands the depth of ebooks available from O’Reilly in areas such as computer security and networking, and includes leading imprints such as Morgan Kaufmann, Syngress, Academic Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Newnes and Elsevier with more than 1,200 individual titles.

Elsevier ebooks purchased through oreilly.com are offered DRM-free and are available in multiple formats, including PDF, EPUB, and .MOBI. Free ebook updates are also guaranteed, along with lifetime access. 

3. San Francisco Public Library Chooses Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.