Academic indie publisher Edward Elgar has launched its online platform with no digital rights management attached to the contents.
Elgaronline.com will hold 2,000 books, reference works and journals and allow users to access a range of materials including monographs, dictionaries, companions and journals.
Chairman of the company, Edward Elgar, said the launch of Elgaronline represented “a major milestone in our history” and added that it made the company “well placed to capitalise on the digital revolution in academic publishing".
The platform will offer free chapters to users and the material will not have any DRM inscribed on it. The company said: “With no digital rights management attached to the content . . . there will be no simpler or more advantageous way to access EEP’s internationally recognised research publications.”
It added that the platform will also offer librarians the capability to purchase tailor-made e-collections in business and management, economics, social and political science and law.
Tim Williams, managing director of Edward Elgar, said: “Elgaronline took over a year to research and develop, and we worked closely with university librarians across the US, Asia and Europe to ensure it met all of their needs for user experience, accessibility and reporting. Showcasing first-rate scholarly content and a market leading user-experience, Elgaronline is an easy choice.”