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Springer Introduces French and Italian Ebook Collections

Springer Science+Business Media now offers ebooks written in French and Italian, expanding its existing international research userbase. There are about 330 ebooks in the three French collections and more than 400 titles in the two Italian collections, all published in 2005 or later. The topics covered include medicine, mathematics, and computer science.

SpringerLink, Springer’s online ebook platform, collected more than 100,000 ebooks since 2006. These foreign-language additions work toward Springer’s goal of having more than 150,000 ebooks by the end of 2013. The French and Italian ebooks were previously offered as part of Springer’s international package.

Springer’s ebooks are available in PDF and HTML formats, include a search feature, and do not have digital rights management (DRM); users can download, print, and transfer the files as needed. Libraries that purchase an ebook collection do not have to pay recurring license fees.

Springer intends to bring these collections to research institutions and public libraries in a variety of French- and Italian-speaking countries. “Instruction at universities and schools … happens mostly in their native language," according to Dagmar Laging, Springer's vice president of library sales for southern Europe. "With these collections we will be able to connect with new customers who were previously out of reach.” 

Source: Springer Science+Business Media

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