Travel Light with Ebooks

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While acquiring and establishing access to ebooks from southern Europe remains a challenge for American research libraries, the Berkeley Library has made some inroads this year with more Spanish books from Digitalia (625 titles to date), more Italian ebooksfrom Torrossa (2112 titles to date), and most recently 252 titles from France’s largest publisher L’Harmattan. Hosted on their Harmathèque platform, these books are discoverable through OskiCat just like print books, and less seamlessly through most of the vendor’s web sites:

  • For ebooks in Digitalia, do a title search in OskiCat for “Digitalia UCB access” or “Digitalia ebooks UCB access”
  • For ebooks in Torrossa, use “EIO – Italian Studies Basic Collection” or “Olschki E-books and Journals”
  • And for ebooks in L’Harmathèque, try  “Harmathèque eBooks”

Digital Olschki

Leo S. Olschki Editore

The scholarly publications of Leo S. Olschki are among the most widely held Italian publications in UC Berkeley’s collections. Recently, the Library acquired a digital package which comprises 1286 e-books published by Olschki between 2000 and 2012, half of which were new to us. These books can be discovered through Casalini’s Torrossa full-text platform, or in OskiCat searching with the phrase “Olschki e-books.”

Olschki’s digital collection is cross-disciplinary but is especially strong in all periods of European history, political science, literature, linguistics, classics, musicology, architecture, environmental design, art history, religious studies, philosophy, and the history of science. It also includes the backfiles to six journals:

  1. Archivio storico italiano (1842-2012)
  2. Belfagor (1946-2012)
  3. Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d’italia (1890-2013)
  4. Lares: rivista quadrimestrale di studi demo-etno-antropologici (1930-2012)
  5. Lettere italiane (1949-2012)
  6. Il pensiero politico: rivista di storia delle idee politiche e sociali (1968-2011)

Along with Editoria Italiana Online (EIO), it is one of the most significant Italian digital resources available through the Library. A special thanks to the Art History/Classics Library, the Bancroft, Environmental Design Library, Graduate Services, the Hargrove Music Library, the Italian Studies Department, Near Eastern Studies Collection,  the Robbins Collection, and the AUL for Collections for their contributions towards this major purchase.

OpenEdition’s Fremium Program


Through next fall, the Library will have access to an extended trial to one of the most innovative research publishing models coming from Europe. Through a combination of open access (OA) and fee-based subscriptions, OpenEdition Freemium offers an infrastructure for electronic publishing dedicated to academic communication across the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition is the umbrella portal for OpenEdition Books,, Hypotheses and Calenda–four platforms dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences. While most of the content is in French and freely available through OpenEdition, an institutional subscription would allow Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that both supports sustainable development of OA and that respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. Other advantages of an institutional subscription is that it would seamlessly integrate all OpenEdition ebooks and journals into our catalogs and bibliographic search tools while also benefitting from a full range of digital formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. With the current database trial, UCB affiliates can access html, ePub, and PDF formats for 120 freemium journals and 140+ open access journals in in html. For OpenEdition Books, 64 ebooks and 57 OA ebooks also currently available in the same three formats.

OpenEdition is run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), a unit that brings together the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse.

E-books in French from Numerique Premium

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

Editoria Italiana Online

Elsa Morante: l'ultimo romanzo possibile

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.

Mas y mas Digitalia

Antología poética de los siglos XVI y XVII El documento de archivo: Un estudio Constituciones fundacionales de Cuba

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 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.

600 downloadable ebooks from Gallica

Le format ePub permet notamment d'agrandir ou réduire la taille du texte...
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.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), parts 5-8

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

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 with your impressions of the second installment of this “ground-breaking resource” focused on digitized primary source collections of the long nineteenth century.

Digitalia E-books

La Segunda República española y las izquierdas: unas relaciones turbulentas Tríptico galdosiano: el amigo Manso, Fortunata y Jacinta, La incógnita-realidad Discursos del 98: albores españoles de una modernidad europea El intelecto femenino en las tablas áureas: contexto y escenificación Miradas sobre España La infidelidad femenina en la literatura

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.