after more than two decades with our www.belser.com, we decided to use this new WEB-address for our new Website.
We introduced new information about our unique Fiction - and Non-Fiction - collections with approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published as microfiches - titles on 38,300 microfiches (each microfiche contains on average 190 pages) and published in thousands of ebook - titles.
These 'new media' covers the content from approx. 7,600,000 printed pages in approx. 48,000 old 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc., originally published in the last five Centuries.
In this way our titles preserve the Originals and introduced user-friendly access to these valuable contents, otherwise it would be difficult or even an impossible to gain access to it.
The titles are written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. writers and hundreds of additional writers in 'physical' Periodicals.
Here on our WEBsite the text is written in English Language, in French Language and in German Language, because...
...23% of our titles* are in English Language,
...25% of our titles are in French Language,
...52% of our titles are in German Language.
In addition, 187 titles are published in Latin Language, 11 titles in Latin Language together with texts in German Language.
Originally, the old 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals were published in various countries in Europe during the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th & early 20th Centuries. Some 19th Century - titles in English and German Language, were published in the USA. Some German language titles in our collections were published during WWI, only a few titles after the year 1930.
Our publications cover important time periods such as Baroque, French Revolution (1789 ff.), Enlightenment, Romantic Period, Victorian Period (England), Vormaerz, Biedermaier, 1848/49-Revolution, second half of 19th Century and early 20th Century.
Many important Library-collections were destroyed during these nearly 500 yars centuries, i.e. in Europe during the Dreissigjaehrige Krieg (1618 - 1648) and other horrible war times. Most of the Convent-Library-Collections - collected byNuns (see our "Frauenkloster" collections) - were destroyed before and during the process of Secularisation (1804). The Mainstream-opinion considered such Library collections - collected by women - as not important and as not academic 'enough', to preserve them for the future.
On the other hand, many Monastery-Library-Collections - collected by Monks - were 'transferred' into State Libraries. The Mainstream-opinion considered such Library collections - collected by men - as important, precious and Academic, in other words 'worthwhile' to preserve those for the future.
Most of the Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / are owned privately. And because of that and other lucky circumstances, these Library-collections 'survived' sometimes over Centuries. And in addition, there was no public access to these Libraries.
Unfortunately, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in a bad shape: dampness, chemical paper-additives and / or the 'printing-ink' are reasons, why its 'Original'-pages are 'bridled' ("Saeurefrass"). Subsequently, there was an urgent need for 'Substitute-Media'-Publications on microfiches or digitally in ebooks. In this way providing access for Scholars and Librarians and the valuable 'Originals' were preserved!
Our ebooks are organized regarding today users understanding and expectations. And - interesting - many of the ebooks have full text searchable-functions into the 'old' original texts.
In this way, our ebooks offer new exciting options, to do research as it was never possible before the 'Digital Age.'
From a 'technical' and 'licensed' point of view, Universities and UniversityLibraries have different digital options to acquire our ebook-collections:
some digital collections are available for usage in standalone-units;
other digital collections are available for downloading onto a University's digital server, thus providing online access through the University for authorized University-users within a defined University network or even a University-Consortia;
and other digital collections are available through our partners.
The titles in our collections have been selected and subject-categorized by University-Librarians and Scholars in Europe and the USA.
Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles or ebook-titles were catalogued by University-Librarians in Europe and USA.
Most of our customers are Academic Institutions - i.e. University-Libraries for collection purposes and / or Faculties for research projects and teaching purposes.
Additional comments re. our collections:
*quantities of titles, writers, pages, genres, sections, collections, media etc. can be changed from us without prior notice to the public;
the wording 'title' means 'Bibliographic record', meaning one title contains the content from at least one ‘physical’ volume, in many cases from several ‘physical’ volumes - depending on its Original;
our wording 'writers' and / or 'authors' / 'Autoren ' means female writers / male writers / anon. writers;
there are no title-duplications in each of our collections or sections and / or in-between;
electronic Bibliographic Records are available.
Last update: 01 June 2020
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