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Digital Comps FAQ


Springer Nature provides the textbooks samples mostly in PDF format with Digital Rights Management (DRM) and a time-limitation.  

The purpose of sampling is simply to get an idea whether the book is suitable for students to use for a course, either in part or in full. For more in-depth reading and course preparation on the part of teaching staff, you can usually find these titles through your university library, either in print or as part of a Springer Nature permanent e-book collection. Requests for free desk copies are individually reviewed but, unfortunately, we are not able to provide free copies for every book in unlimited quantity. 

1. Log in and requests

What is Digital Comps? 

Digital Comps is an online platform where Instructors can access Springer Nature textbooks for a limited period of time.

Who can access the Digital comps platform?

Instructors/Professors affiliated to a recognized University looking for a possible adoption to their course will be given complimentary access.

Are there any charges to access titles in Digital comps?

There are no charges to access textbooks on Digital Comps, the service is free.

How do I register?

Follow the link to Digital Comps platform. Register with your university email address and fill in all the required details.

Why might my request be rejected?

If you have not registered with an authentic University email address, it is most likely that your request will be rejected.

How do I reset my Username and Password?

Use the 'Forgot Password?' functionality on the Digital Comps home page.

2. Your bookshelf and access

Do you have a list of titles in Digital comps?

Log in to the Digital Comps platform and you will see the available titles in the database.

How many titles can one user request at a time?

One user can request a maximum of 3 titles at a time.

Where can I find my approved titles?

Log in to your Digital Comps account and you will find the approved titles in your bookshelf.

What happens if my request is approved, but I do not access the book at all for 180 days?

Do not worry, your access is still valid. Your 180 day period will only begin once you click on the 'Read Online' button in your bookshelf.

What can I do with my Digital Comps PDF?

You will get access to read online only; the PDF cannot be downloaded and is DRM protected.

Can the eBook be downloaded from Digital Comps?

The eBook cannot be downloaded, only online access is granted.

Can the 180 day online access be extended? By how much?

In case the academic inspection requires more than 180 days, click on 'Submit a request for a review extention' in the bookshelf. The access can be extended for 30 more days.

Can I get a print copy of the adopted text?

Unfortunately, our business limitations do not allow us to provide a free print copy

Springer Nature Textbook Policy


Springer Nature provides free e-textbook samples in order to help instructors select the best textbook for their courses. Learn more about Springer Nature's textbook policy:

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