De Gruyter is to digitise its entire backlist, dating back to 1749.
Works to be digitised include Noam Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures as well as versions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The project is expected to conclude in 2020 with 3,000 additional titles to be available by the end of 2017. Of those titles digitised during the rest of this year, up to one hundred of the most important series will have priority.
De Gruyter has already made over 10,000 formerly out-of-print books available again in electronic format and as hardcover reprints through the on-demand 'e-dition' project. In order to concentrate on the complete digitisation, the e-dition project is being phased out. Titles that have already been made available as ebooks and PODs will remain available, but no further e-dition requests will be handled.
All titles that are digitised throughout the project will become available as soon as they have been scanned and produced. The final De Gruyter Book Archive will contain almost 40,000 titles and all will be available as ebooks and hardcover printed on-demand PODs.
Anke Beck, managing director, said: After intensive consultation with libraries and scholars around the world, we are convinced that the treasures in the De Gruyter archives will not only be of great value to researchers, but that they will also help to further a widespread desire to capture, make usable and disseminate human knowledge from the past. All of us at De Gruyter are looking forward to contributing to the success of the project.'