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New York / Heidelberg, 11 March 2013

Springer Book Archives now contain 28,000 German-language titles

Springer’s historic book collection presented at the German Library Congress in Leipzig

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Springer is now providing online access to its historic German-language titles in addition to those in English, adding another 28,000 eBooks to the Springer Book Archives (SBA). These books are part of the SBA project in which books dating right back to 1842 – when the publishing company was founded – are being digitized and made available again for the scientific community. The first 37,000 English-language titles were launched at the end of January at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. All together, there are 65,000 books now available in the Springer Book Archives via SpringerLink (link.springer.com).
By the end of the year, an unprecedented collection containing around 100,000 historic, scholarly eBooks in English and German will be available in full. Researchers, students and librarians will be able to access the full text of these books free of any digital rights management. Springer also offers a print-on-demand option for most of the books.
Notable authors whose works Springer has published include high-level researchers and Nobel laureates, such as Werner von Siemens, Hans Prinzhorn, Marie Curie and Max Born. Their publications will be a valuable addition to this historic online archive.
Realizing an undertaking of this magnitude and complexity, and with such high quality standards, requires great care in the scanning and production of these titles. Damaged pages needed to be repaired, markings removed and figures converted into high-resolution images in order to allow the eBooks to be used and displayed on various mobile devices. Locating the titles posed a particular challenge, but excellent cooperation between Springer and numerous libraries and research institutes made this all possible.
“We have been very happy to support this pioneering project by Springer right from the start,” explained Kurt Schneider, Head of the Digital Services Department at the German National Library. “Together, we needed to identify thousands and thousands of Springer imprint metadata. Several thousand books were subsequently digitized at our Frankfurt site. These digital copies are now stored in the long-term archives of the German National Library, which means that the digital objects will be available on a permanent basis. And this project also helps protect our original copies in the long term, some of which are very valuable.”
When complete there will be roughly equal numbers of titles in English and German in the SBA. The archives include around 50 different imprints, the majority of which are scientific publications, reflecting Springer’s long publishing tradition. Some well-known specialist book imprints include the long-standing engineering publisher Vieweg (now SpringerVieweg), the economics portfolio of Gabler (now SpringerGabler), the U.S. computer book publisher Apress and the U.S. science publisher Copernicus.
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