Monday, January 18, 2010

Springer MyCopy - for €24.95 its yours!

For the last three years, 2008 to 2010, the Library has bought the full Springer e-books collection. This also entitles us to access their other e-books published since 2005 (and book series volumes from 1997 to 2004). We now have access to over 23,000 e-books and that number will continue to grow as 2010 titles are published.

We have now become one of the first European adopters of the Springer MyCopy programme which is already active in the US and Canada. For €24.95 including postage and packaging you can order your own personal, high-quality, digitally-printed, softcover book of the Springer eBooks that we can access online.

The book will by specially printed for you at Lightning Source's plant in Milton Keynes and dispatched to you in a few working days. The maximum delivery time for MyCopy in Europe is 8-11 working days, but with all copies being dispatched from Milton Keynes we anticipate shorter delivery times within the UK.

The only limitations of MyCopy are:

- MyCopy is available for books published since 2005 only
- MyCopy books are printed in greyscale inside (but with a colour cover) - you will need to use the online version for colour images (or buy a standard print copy). Where colour images are essential for safety (e.g. in Medicine) MyCopy may not be available for that title.
- MyCopy is not available for books of more than 832 pages, simply because that is the largest size possible for the print-on-demand machines.

To order a MyCopy book just click on the 'Buy a print copy' panel on the e-book's page on SpringerLink (which you can get to from our catalogue record). You will be prompted to register for a personal SpringerLink account, or sign in if you already have one. Then you just need to enter your payment and delivery details.

As an example, one of our best-used Springer e-books in 2009 was the Handbook of Nanomedicine. Even second-hand copies of this title are selling for nearly £70 on Amazon. MyCopy will provide it for you for around £22 (depending on the exchange rate at the time).

If you have any questions about MyCopy please contact Springer directly at scsc-mycopy@springer.com.

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