The University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) has signed a contract granting De Gruyter global distribution rights to its electronic products. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Penn Press while also strengthening De Gruyter’s portfolio with a range of premier academic publications.
“We found that De Gruyter’s digitization strategy, distribution team, and innovative business model made a compelling case,” says Eric Halpern, Director of Penn Press.
Penn Press publishes in a focused editorial program across the humanities and social sciences, with especially strong lists in American and European history and literature, and in such multidisciplinary areas as human rights, urban studies, medieval studies, and religious studies, where it enjoys a preeminent standing. Its lists in ancient studies and early modern studies are growing, and it has developed a distinguished presence in the field of landscape architecture. Each year, Penn Press releases more than 100 new titles. These new releases will be offered at De Gruyter Online, along with a backlist of some 1,000 eBooks.
“This partnership is a big win for De Gruyter,” says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter. “Adding such a large number of eBooks to our portfolio will considerably augment the attractiveness of our catalog to libraries in international markets. We welcome Penn Press on board as our ninth Publisher Partner.”