During the first quarter of 2021 developments of 2020 continued: To date our print book sales are under pressure and our eBusiness is thriving. At the start of the year we saw a relatively sharp decline in our print book sales due to Brexit uncertainties and customer preference for eBooks. Many customers, particularly in the US, continue to favor eBooks over print as access to physical library collections remains challenging.
Brill signed agreements with the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Philosophie (Specialised Information Service (SIS) Philosophy) for an E-Book purchase of 1900 titles, and to collaborate on a digitization project of over 1300 titles from the publisher’s book archive.
The FID Philosophie’s goal is to simplify and optimise access to specialist literature and research-relevant information for philosophical science. The first of its kind, the partnership includes titles under the imprints of Brill, Ferdinand Schöningh, Wilhelm Fink and mentis, increasing their accessibility to the broader scholarly community.