The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter's publishing partners – Harvard University Press, and Böhlau Publishers – will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to a greatly expanded range of academic content. The partnerships will particularly enlarge the range of publications available in the field of history.
"As a cutting-edge method for providing content to libraries and research institutes, the PDA model is experiencing increasing demand internationally, and has been greeted positively by our customers," says Katrin Siems, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at De Gruyter. "Thanks to the excellent content provided by our partners, our publication portfolio will now appeal to even more users."
Beginning in 2013, libraries and research institutes will be able to rent access to some 11,000 e-books, 250 journals, and over 15 million database entries. At the end of the rental period, paid fees can be applied to content purchase.