OpenEdition Freemium for Books


Digital books in the humanities and social sciences are available for purchase on our OpenEdition Books platform. Acquisition provides permanent access to the PDFs and ePubs of books. This programme allows libraries to pursue an acquisitions policy that both encourages the development of open access and respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. A high standard of associated services makes it straightforward to manage and integrate content into library catalogues and discovery tools.

Purchase books individually or in bundles

It is possible to purchase books individually, or in bundles. The bundles are thematic and made up of titles selected by our team from across the OpenEdition Books catalogue. Libraries acquiring one or several bundles are able to benefit from a preferential rate compared to books purchased on a title-by-title basis.

A permanent or annual (rental) licence

Permanent access enables libraries to build up book collections for long-term conservation and without usage limits applied to PDF and ePub files. Libraries are able to conserve the PDF and ePub files of purchased books. With annual rental, libraries can offer users books acquired individually or as part of a cheaper bundle. The library automatically acquires permanent access to the title after four years of uninterrupted rental access.

Request a trial period

Institutions and libraries are able to trial OpenEdition Freemium for Books free of charge. To request a trial period, please contact


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