CUP launches online books platform

Cambridge University Press is launching a new platform for its e-books, allowing researchers and academics around the world access to more than 10,000 digital books online.

Cambridge Books Online is due to be launched for a trial in January 2010. It will launch initially with 6,000 titles, but by spring will hold more than 10,000.

Both frontlist and backlist content will be available to purchase for a single one-off access fee. This will be the first time that whole digital books can be bought online direct from the publisher.
Libraries will be able to obtain unlimited online access to books and content.

The platform will be "competitively priced", including "a range of flexible purchase plans and custom packages", the company said.

Stephen Bourne, chief executive of CUP, said the platform would be "a magnificent addition to the growing Cambridge online presence". He added: "As library and academic budgets are increasingly stretched, we believe e-books and content packages have a vital role to play in delivering quality content at affordable prices and Cambridge Books Online is a major step towards making this happen.

"We have worked closely with academics and librarians throughout its development to be certain that the site delivers what they need, with unrivalled coverage of a wide range of subject areas."
This includes science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.

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