ebrary Expands Non-English Offering with New Publishers and Products

Company announces Nordic Collection and signs 5 leading German publishers to increase international content offering

Dec 18, 2012, 08:00 ET from ebrary

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that it is forging ahead with its efforts to support non-English language programs for customers around the world. The company is launching a new e-book subscription database, ebrary Nordic Collection™, as well as recently acquired content from renowned German publishers including Verlag C.H. Beck, W. Bertelsmann Verlag (WBV), and Frank & Timme.

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ebrary's new subscription database, the Nordic Collection, includes more than 1,300 titles from over 30 publishers at launch but will grow to offer over 2,000 e-books. It contains content from, and about, the Nordic Region in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish. Contributing publishers include Aarhus University Press, Copenhagen Business School Press, Folkuniversitetets Akademiska Press, Nordic Academic Press, Nordic Council of Ministers' Publishing House, Roskilde Universitetsforlag, Stockholms universitets forlag, and University of Wisconsin Press. Libraries may combine this collection with ebrary's flagship subscription database, Academic Complete™, to provide full academic coverage, and then strategically apply budget in other models such as patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive.

"We strive to serve both our librarian and end-user customers in the most effective ways possible. This not only entails aggregating vast amounts of content but also packaging it in a way that is digestible and makes sense for the researcher," said Leslie Lees, ebrary's Vice President of Content Development. "The Nordic Collection is another step forward in opening more avenues to learning; we will continue to extend our local language programs to provide the most appropriate content to our customers worldwide."

Additionally, to add another layer of support for strategic e-book acquisition in libraries worldwide, the new German publishers' scholarly monographs, including those from distinguished publisher Frank & Timme, are all available under a perpetual archive model and through YBP. Frank & Timme provides researchers with a breadth and depth of German-language content with a focus on humanities and social sciences.  

"We are delighted to make our e-books available to libraries through ebrary in order to meet the research needs of our end-users," said Dr. Karin Timme, Publisher at Frank & Timme. "By partnering with ebrary, we are able to grow our business by leveraging the various business models and their other partnerships, which enable both companies to ultimately provide greater accessibility to libraries around the world."

About Frank & Timme (www.frank-timme.de)

Founded in 2004 by Dr. Karin Timme and Dr. Claudia Frank, German academic publishing house Frank & Timme seeks to transform knowledge into a lasting effort while making its content available to as many end-users as possible. Frank & Timme focuses on subjects like literary studies, media and communications studies, theology and religions, linguistics, and more.

About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)

ebrary helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™.  The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximize their budgets. Founded in 1999, long before e-books were popular, ebrary is a ProQuest business located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.

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