Cambridge University Press Launches New Digital Dist. Platform

Cambridge University Press took a step this past week towards becoming a digital content distributor. On Wednesday it officially announced University Publishing Online, a new way for libraries and schools to acquire content from academic publishers.

It’s due to launch in late October 2011, but Cambridge University Press has already announced several partners.  Liverpool University Press, the Mathematical Association of America, Boydell & Brewer, and Foundation Books will have their content on the new site when it launches, and Cambridge University Press also plans to announce more partners in the coming weeks.

Libraries will be able subscribe to any of a wide range of subject-based collections, or they can choose to build a custom collection of titles from the 12 thousand titles currently available. They’ll have 2 buying options for University Publishing Online when it launches, and each will involve multi-user licenses and minimal digital rights management (DRM).

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