Beginning in 2013, the legal publisher Dr. Otto Schmidt and the publishing house Böhlau will work exclusively with De Gruyter for the electronic distribution of their books and journals. De Gruyter will sell the content of both publishing houses through its integrated online platform as well as via retailers to libraries and end customers.
"We were compelled by De Gruyter's expertise in the area of electronic publishing," Prof. Felix Hey, the managing partner of Dr. Otto Schmidt, said regarding the decision. "Beginning in 2013, we will offer eight journals and some 260 eBooks through the joint online platform. This will be the first time these publications will be offered electronically outside of databases."
Böhlau, which publishes in the fields of history, law, linguistics, social sciences, and literary studies, will also offer its publications digitally through De Gruyter beginning in 2013. "As part of this partnership, we will initially offer ten periodicals, including the journal Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte [Journal of the Savigny Foundation for Legal History], which enjoys a rich history, as well as approximately 270 books," Johannes Rauch, the CEO of Böhlau, said.
"Through these cooperative relationships with Dr. Otto Schmidt and Böhlau we'll be expanding our portfolio with high quality publications that will augment our profile as a provider of content to libraries," Katrin Siems, the Vice President Sales & Marketing of De Gruyter said. "Of course, we will continue to pursue our policy of emphasizing quality instead of quantity, and of offering our customers a high degree of flexibility."
The new journals have already been integrated in the current price lists that will be sent out shortly to customers and trade partners. The eBooks will be part of De Gruyter's subject-area sales packages; more information in this regard will be released in the spring of 2013.