Springer Goes Digital, Makes More Than 10,000 Book Titles Available Online
About 3,000 new Springer eBooks are expected to be published by Springer each year.
The Revenue Model
Libraries are currently pegged to be the main user for the eBook technology. The company currently has more than 25 clients who have bought access.
“Hopefully, we’ll have 150 customers by the year’s end,” he said. “It’s selling.”
By mid-August, Springer’s plans call for the retirement of the beta version. According to Colon, it will be replaced with a more complete release.
“We’ll have the basic functionality, and all the bugs in the existing beta ironed out,” he said. “After that, there will be future releases of functionality. It will never end.”
Nothing, however, will change in the immediate future on the print side for Springer, Colon said.
“We’re still keeping our print run,” he said. “Hopefully, what this will lead to is an increase in print. We see this as another form of dissemination. It’s exciting, I’d say that.”