3 November 2021
De Gruyter has announced its global strategic partnership in eBook distribution with Central European University Press (CEUP). De Gruyter will host and distribute the press’s entire publishing portfolio through degruyter.com, close to 500 frontlist, backlist and archive titles. Around 100 previously unavailable archive titles will be digitized as eBooks by De Gruyter.
CEUP was founded in 1993 and is known for its thought-provoking books on communism and the history, politics, culture and economy of Central and Eastern Europe. The press is committed to publishing works that analyze the transition to democracy in the region and offers a local perspective on some of the global issues of today. Its growing fields of interest also include subjects such as gender and Romani studies. The Central European University campus relocated from Budapest to Vienna in 2018 after coming under pressure from the Hungarian government and the Press now maintains a presence across both sites.
This partnership brings together De Gruyter’s proven eBook distribution strategy with CEUP’s innovative approach to open access publishing. CEUP will join 18 other university presses in De Gruyter’s University Press Library, an eBook acquisition model that is focused on the complete digital output from publisher partners at collection level, with no DRM and no multi-user access restrictions.
“We are proud to partner with a press that engages in new initiatives,” says Steve Fallon, Vice President of Americas and Strategic Partnerships, De Gruyter. “Adding CEUP to our University Press Library strengthens our History and Political Science portfolio by including content on the history of communism and dictatorship. We are privileged to offer CEUP worldwide visibility and distribution of content in line with De Gruyter’s values and mission. More exciting things are to come, and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate this much-awaited partnership.”
“Our partnership with De Gruyter will bring a distinct offer of the complete CEUP collection of almost 500 titles into the market, including recently digitized titles of historical importance that were previously unavailable as eBooks,” says Emily Poznanski, Director of Central European University Press. “CEUP is committed to moving its monograph frontlist into equitable open access with a dedicated group of partners through Opening the Future. As a small press with a large mission, we need to diversify our revenue streams during the transition to open access, and De Gruyter’s University Press Library enables this shift.”