At the end of September the publishing house Birkhäuser will launch one of the largest collections of e-books in the fields of architecture, design, and landscaping. With over 300 titles the e-book collection represents a large majority of Birkhäuser's publications since 2005. Many of these e-books are beautifully illustrated, and the collection features numerous standard works such as the Entwurfsatlas Schulen und Kindergärten (Design Atlas for Schools and Kindergartens), Licht für Städte (Light for Cities), and Syntax der Landschaft (Syntax of the Landscape). The collection also contains architectural monographs such as Bothe Richter Teherani, Christoph Mäckler, and Ortner & Ortner.
"As architects and designers regularly work with digital tools, it’s only natural that sources of infor-mation for their work should be offered digitally," said Alexander Grossman, Vice President of Pub-lishing. "Birkhäuser acquired rights for the digital publication of texts and images at an early stage; we are now looking forward to actual distribution."
Birkhäuser's e-books will be distributed through De Gruyter Online, as well as through direct sales and De Gruyter's retail channels. Birkhäuser's e-books are fully searchable online. There are also a number of purchase options; customers can buy individual titles or the entire collection as a complete package.
In the fields of architecture, design, and landscaping, the release of digital content has been slow in coming. This is largely because of legal questions related to content ownership. The 300 titles being released in September represent works to which Birkhäuser has digital distribution rights.
"We're convinced that an appealing collection of titles in the fields of design and architecture is a necessity," Grossman added. "The large demand from libraries and end customers has strengthened our intentions of offering e-books for all coming titles to which we possess the necessary rights."