Springer Science+Business Media, a science, technology and medical book publisher, is launching a new eBook initiative that will allow students and researchers electronic access to more than 10,000 books.
As part of its eBooks program, Springer has re-launched its online platform, SpringerLink. The site now integrates Springer eBooks with millions of articles from Springer's peer-reviewed journals. This integration is designed to give researchers access to book chapters. Springer will allow unlimited simultaneous access to eBooks. The eBooks' PDF and HTML documents are fully searchable and can be downloaded and printed. In addition, once a library purchases Springer's eBook collection, they own the book content for their use in perpetuity.
Libraries can purchase a complete collection of all Springer titles from a copyright year or they can choose to purchase one or more of 12 distinct topic categories (e.g., engineering, medicine, computer science, mathematics, etc.). Approximately 3,000 new eBooks will be published and available every year. For librarians, Springer's new eBooks program will link to the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), an instructional tool that enables students to search a library's catalog from a computer station either in the library, or from an off-site computer.