Springer launches Platform to Print eBooks on-demand

By | June 24, 2009

Springer Science+Business Media the publisher of science, technology and medicine books, manuals and journals has announced its eBook catalog is now available in print at participating libraries in North America that have have purchased Springer eBook Collection. According to the company, “All registered library patrons will be able to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use the Springer platform www.springerlink.com..” The books format is perfect bound with a color cover and monochrome interior.

“We tested and evaluated market acceptance. The test phase was a complete success, as the libraries and their patrons confirmed,” said Dr. Olaf Ernst, President of eProduct Management & Innovation at Springer. “The order processing, rapid delivery and attractive price of the books convinced library users that this is a good deal. The logical decision for Springer was to offer MyCopy as an extended service for our library customers and their users. It makes the steadily growing eBook range even more attractive to the science and research market.”

The print production for the MyCopy service will be handled by Lighting Source, a unit of Ingram Content Group. Ingram Content Group comprised of Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source and Ingram Digital was recently formed.

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3 thoughts on “Springer launches Platform to Print eBooks on-demand

  1. Michael J

    I guess that Springer has run some tests to see if Printed Books are dead. It seems their evidence says not so much.

    Since I tend to be a one trick pony, I ask the visitors here to consider how this could play out in High School education. The content lives on the web. Then just the right content is published in print at just the time when the teacher thinks it will have the greatest effect.

  2. Damon L

    Actually, in the el-hi education market some measure of standardization of textbook content has considerable benefits to the districts and to educators. It provides a ready, tested, consistent resource to guide curriculum development–which is a daunting task for schools stretched too thin as it is. However, selection and printing of custom content as print on demand holds a lot of promise for ancillary materials to supplement the core curriculum represented by textbooks. In higher ed, of course, it’s a completely different story.

  3. Andy McCourt

    A good move but what worries me is the ‘..for personal use’ stipulation. Reality check…if this is what it appears, a new genre of print publishing is emerging where only the purchaser is allowed to read the contents? How can anyone prevent book sharing, pass-ons, used book sales and even someone peeking over your shoulder? Are we witnessing pay-per-view book reading?
    Any more info on this Adam?

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