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Cambridge University Press Launches New Ebook Platform
Cambridge University Press (www.cambridge.org), which is the oldest press in the world, is launching a brand new platform for its ebooks-Cambridge Books Online-that will give researchers all over the world access to more than 6,000 academic and professional books electronically. This is the first time that whole digital books can be bought online direct from Cambridge.
The new platform is due to be launched sometime in January, and it has been established in response to a growing demand for digital content. More than 10,000 titles are expected to be available by spring 2010. With the launch of Cambridge Books Online (http://ebooks.cambridge.org), both frontlist and backlist content is now available to purchase for a single, one-off access fee, offering even more flexibility.
Cambridge Books Online offers content in many fields of contemporary scholarship, including world-renowned books in science, technology, and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Comprehensive library support resources are also available, including MARC records, usage statistics, access, and authentication tools.
Cambridge Books Online has powerful search and browse tools. Books can be found quickly and easily, and hyperlinked references allow for cross-searching, making it an excellent tool for interdisciplinary studies.
Buying content from Cambridge Books Online means that libraries never need to run out of paper copies of books, as they can now obtain unlimited online access to books and content, making it very cost-effective for stretched budgets. The content in Cambridge Books Online is competitively priced, and there are a range of flexible purchase plans and custom packages.
Buying books and downloading online also means benefits for the environment, as there is hardly any waste involved in production or distribution. The content may be downloaded as a PDF.
Source: Cambridge University Press
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