A subsidiary of the publisher Nouveau Monde éditions, Numérique Premium is a leading provider of e-books in the humanities and social sciences. In partnership with more than 30 publishers in the French-speaking world, they currently offer about 1,000 ebooks. UC Berkeley has access to their entire collection through May 30. Please take a look and send your feedback to cpotts AT berkeley.edu.
The University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of its first ever Italian e-book and e-journal collection. The subset of Editoria Italiana Online (EIO) comprises nearly 800 e-books and 50 scholarly journals published in Italy including Critica letteraria, Filologia e critica, Italia medioevale e umanistica. It comes to us via Casalini Libri’s full-text digital platform Torrossa. Most titles are in the humanities and social sciences and include works from prominent publishers such as Bulzoni, Carocci, Firenze University Press, Polistampa, Palerno, Viella, and more. The available backfiles to all journals have also been acquired and approximately 50 new e-books will be added every year. Once the records have been loaded to OskiCat, they’ll be discoverable there but at the moment, Berkeley’s holdings in EIO can only be accessed through Torrossa.
In conjunction with a group of other UC libraries, the Library has begun a one-year trial to Digitalia’s complete package of e-books in the social sciences and humanities published in Spain and Latin America. This collection comprises more than 4,500 e-books and an impressive selection of current and historical journals. Representative journals, previously only available in print through UC Berkeley, include Al-Qantara, El viejo topo, La Nueva literatura hispaníca, Quimera, Orígenes, Revista de indias, Revista internacional de sociología, Siglo Diecinueve, Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, Hora de España and more.
The Library will have access to Digitalia through September 1, 2014 but please email cpotts AT library.berkeley.edu your requests for individual titles that you would like to see permanently acquired. Last year, the Library acquired 300 e-books and their records now appear in OskiCat.
Through the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’s digital library Gallica, more than 600 books are now available in a format called ePub that can be downloaded to mobile devices (smartphones, e-readers, and tablets). Among the first freely available and downloadable books, you will find 19th century classics – Jules Verne, Honoré de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Théophile Gautier, George Sand, Alfred de Musset, Émile Zola, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, Guy de Maupassant, and Alphonse Daudet. From the 20th century, Anatole France, Raymond Radiguet, Marcel Proust, Jules Renard, and more.
Read more on the Gallica blog post.
Last year, the California Digital Library negotiated the purchase of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), parts 1-4 for all ten UC campuses. Among other specialized archives such as one for photography, African colonialism and encounters between the East and the West, the first parts of NCCO include more than 6500 digitized books in French from the The Corvey Collection of European Literature, 1790-1840. UC Berkeley has trial access to parts 5-8 of NCCO through October 17 and we are currently seeking feedback. Please email cpotts AT berkeley.edu with your impressions of the second installment of this “ground-breaking resource” focused on digitized primary source collections of the long nineteenth century.
This summer, the Library finalized its purchase of 300 Spanish e-books from Digitalia – one of the largest providers of Spanish-language e-books and e-journals. This initial selection (the first ever multi-title acquisition of Spanish e-books at Berkeley) is a combination of backlist and newer titles across the humanities and social sciences. While most are available to the Berkeley community for the first time, some duplicate what the Library already owns in print. To preview the complete list of titles, just search in OskiCat for “Digitalia e-Books UCB access.” Represented publishers include Biblioteca Nueva, Universidad de Alicante, Iberoamericana, Editorial Trotta, Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Ediciones Alfar, Sílex, Anthropos Editorial, and more. Digitalia e-books can be read as PDFs, HTML, or Flash files.
The University of Trieste is a long-standing exchange partner of the UC Berkeley Library. As the exchange of printed materials decreases, Open Access (OA) is transforming the way scholars share knowledge. The website of Edizioni Università di Trieste (EUT) makes available hundreds of OA ebooks and more than a dozen journals that are not yet discoverable in OskiCat, Melvyl, or the through the E-journal Titles A-Z list. Here are just a few noteworthy journals in their freely available digital collection:
- Letterature di frontiera = Littératures frontalières
- Polymnia: Collana di Scienze dell’Antichità. Studi di Archeologia
- Polymnia: Collana di Scienze dell’Antichità. Studi di Filologia classica
- Rivista internazionale di tecnica della traduzione = International Journal of Translation
- Slavica Tergestina
With some year-end funds and a substantial discount through our membership in CIFNAL, the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections, the Library was able to permanently acquire access to the Corpus Montaigne – our third database from Garnier Classiques Numérique. This digital corpus contains all the works published in Montaigne’s lifetime and after his death by his “daughter-in-law” Marie de Gournay, all the editions published from the 16th to the 20th century, their annotation and critical apparatus, and also the best editions of the complete works in Italian, English, German and Spanish.
Through its membership in the Center for Research Libraries and more specifically CIFNAL, the Library has trial access to L’Harmathèque – a large collection of French language ebooks, articles, films and audio files – through Wednesday, May 1.
L’Harmathèque’s multimedia platform offers ebooks, articles, videos, and audio recordings on many subjects in the humanities and social sciences. The content of the ebooks comes from a variety of French publishing imprints, including L’Harmattan, Pagala, Odin, IXE, etc. A full list of included titles can be downloaded in excel.
Currently the platform contains more than 26,000 ebooks, 17,000 articles, 400 films, and 600 audio files available. At least 2,300 new titles are added to the collection annually (the publishers estimate that around 230 ebook titles are added monthly). This impressive number of ebooks covers a wide range of subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, novels, and children’s books.
According to the description provided on the web site, article content is from journals and book chapters, although no further selection criteria are given. The videos are primarily documentaries and theatrical productions. The audio collection includes many audiobooks, in a variety of languages.
The interface is in French. In the portals, ebooks are divided by subject into browsable bouquets. An advanced search option allows the user to narrow down the large amount of content.
Ebooks can be read either on the platform’s online reader (which requires Flash), or downloaded and read using the free Adobe Digital Editions reader. Viewing the videos requires the use of DivX and the audio content is also available through Flash.
Over the summer library bits, bots, and elves have been hard at work batch loading hundreds of thousands of HathiTrust records for the digitized versions of public domain items into OskiCat. As you search for books and other library materials, you’ll undoubtedly begin to encounter these new records for materials published prior to 1923. Here is just a sampling of the kinds of digitized texts in the HathiTrust Digital Library and that are now discoverable through OskiCat:
When the project is complete, there will be over one million new records in OskiCat. You can limit a search to these by combining “hathitrust” with some other keyword(s), such as hathitrust roma or hathitrust “victor hugo”, etc.
Public domain means that the items are not protected by copyright. U.S. government documents and works published before 1923 are examples of items in the public domain. All users can view the full-text of these books online. UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can download the whole book (PDF) by logging in with your CalNet ID.
This service is possible because the University of California libraries are partners in HathiTrust (pronounced “hah-tee”), a national project to create a shared archive of books scanned into electronic format.
This is a remixed and updated version of a library blog post from June 18, 2012.