DeGruyter and Harvard University Press just announced a new collaboration. DeGruyter will serve as a sales partner for HUP’s eBook collection, both front and backlist. The titles will be available on DeGruyter’s recently released interface which integrates book, journal, and databank content. More information on the announcement is in the press release at the bottom of this post. I was able to ask Sven Fund, CEO of DeGruyter, additional questions about the collaboration, to which he responded:
How did this partnership with Harvard come about?
De Gruyter is in regular communication with partners in the industry, of course also with university presses. Talking to Harvard University Press was a great opportunity for us to develop our idea of a cooperation with a premium partner, and we are pleased that it materialized in this way. Continue reading
Today, De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they have reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepress’s journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of Law, Business/Economics, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter, answered some questions about the acquisition for NSR. View the Press Release
NSR: What was the impetus for acquiring the BePress journal collection?
SF: One of the key pillars of De Gruyter’s strategic plan is the internationalization of our publishing operations. With the acquisition, De Gruyter establishes relationships with very prominent editors in chief, who maintain highly attractive journals. We want to maximize our opportunities within this prestigious academic community and further expand our activities.
Moreover, we increase our exposure to a number of consortia that have been working with Berkeley Academic Press, but did not yet work with De Gruyter. We are thrilled about the opportunity to liaise with them and cooperate in the future. Continue reading
Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Sven Fund, the CEO of DeGruyter. News to me, DeGruyter has been publishing for 262 years! We discussed DeGruyter’s ebook program including their e-ditions program. E-ditions provides “on demand” requests for digital or print copies of thousands of backlist titles. Listen to the interview here.
Over 30 interviews with librarians, publishers, aggregators, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page.