OpenEdition Freemium for Books: A Sales Offer for Libraries and Institutions

October 30, 2013, OpenEdition launches a new sales offer to distribute 1,000 humanities and social science eBooks from 25 publishers. This offer allows libraries to pursue an acquisitions policy that both encourages the development of open access and respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. A range of advanced associated services make it easy for libraries to integrate the eBooks into their catalogues and bibliographic search tools.

Two modes: book-by-book acquisition or packages

It is possible to acquire books individually, or as part of packages. OpenEdition’s selection of books for thematic packages is transversal and covers the whole of the OpenEdition Books catalogue. The acquisition of one or several packages enables libraries to benefit from a preferential rate in relation to books purchased individually.

Two licenses: long-term or annual access

Long-term access enables libraries to create book collections for permanent conservation without usage limits. Libraries are entitled to conserve the PDF and ePub files of purchased books. With annual access, libraries can offer users books acquired individually or as part of a cheaper package. The library automatically acquires permanent access to the book or package after four years of uninterrupted annual access.

Associated services

Whichever license is selected, a range of value-added services are also offered to libraries and their users.


  • HTML format available in open access / books available via Freemium open access
  • Unlimited and DRM-free downloads for detachable formats (PDFs and ePubs)
  • Access for tablets and eBook readers via OpenEdition’s Bookserver


  • Counter and Sushi user statistics
  • Server statistics
  • Coverage lists

Data supply and services

  • UNIMARC and MARC21 records
  • OAI-PMH repository
  • Calenda webservice
  • Coverage lists in KBART format
  • OPML

Text-mining facilities

  • Cross-linking (from January 1, 2014)


  • Alerts and subscriptions
  • RSS feeds
  • Search engine

Support, training and governance

  • Direct development contact
  • Training sessions
  • Communication tools for users
  • Participation in the libraries’ committee


  • Library name and logo in ePub and PDF versions of each document
  • Library name and logo on OpenEdition’s homepage and navigation bar


  • E-mail:
  • Frankfurter Buchmesse 2013: meet the OpenEdition team at the Frankfurt Book Fair, le stand Hall 4.2 S F91, October 8-12, 2013.

Cite this blog post
The OpenEdition team (2013, October 8). OpenEdition Freemium for Books: A Sales Offer for Libraries and Institutions. Open Electronic Publishing. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from

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