Welcome to our new WEBsite.
after more than 22 years dealing with www.belser.com we decided to use this new WEB-address for our new WEB-site.
And we introduced new information about the contents in our approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles* on microfiches or in 'ebooks. These 'new media' contains the contents from approx. 7,600,000 pages in approx. 40,000 'physical' old Books, Phamplets, Periodicals, which were published Centuries ago.
These works were written by approx. 6,150 female / male writers and hundreds more writers in our Periodicals.
Here on our WEBsite the texts are written in English Language, in French Language and in German Language, because...
23% of our titles* were written in English Language,
25% of our titles were written in French Language,
52% of our titles were written in German Language,
more than 150 titles were written in Latin 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 were published in the USA;
severeal German Language titles were published during WWI and only a few titles were originally published after the year 1930.
Insofar our publications cover important time periods such as Baroque, French Revolution, Enlightenment, Romantic Period, Victorian Period (England), Vormaerz, Biedermaier, 1848 / 49-Revolution etc.
Over Centuries many Library-collections were destroyed, i.e. during the Dreissigjaehrige Krieg (1618 - 1648) in Europe. After these horrible war-times many Convent-Library-Collections - collected by Nuns - were destroyed during Saekularisation (1804), at this time Mainstream-opinions considered such 'Female'-collections as 'not important' and not worthwhile to preserve.
On the other hand, many Monastery-Library-Collections - collected by Monks - were 'transfered' into State Libraries (i.e. in Bavaria), the Mainstream during those times considered such 'Male'-collections as 'important' and worthwhile to preserve them.
Most of the Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / are owned privately and because of that and other lucky circumstances, originally 'our' Library-collections survived over many Decades and many Centuries. Today there is no public access to the 'physical' works in these private Libraries.
Even more disturbing, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in bad conditions: chemical paper-additives and / or the 'printing-ink' are reasons why the paper 'briddled' ("Saeurefrass") and / or other multiple reasons. Subsequently and as a Preservation - Processes, in many cases there was an urgent need for our 'Substitute-Media'-Publications, in this way to preserve it's contents for generations of readers and scholars to come.
We published the original text on alltogether 38,300 microfiches (each microfiche contains 190 pages on average) or published these million of pages in thousands of ebooks with or without fulltextsearch-functions in the old texts.
From 'technical' and 'licensed' point of views, there are different digital options into our ebook-collections:
some digital collections are available for usage in standalone-units;
other digital collections are available for downloading onto an Univerity's digital server, thus providing online access for authorized University-users within a defined University network or even a consortia;
and other digital collections are available through our partners.
The titles in our collections have been selected and subject-categorized by University Scholars in Europe and the USA.
Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles or ebook-titles were catalogued by University-Librarians in University-Libraries in Europe and USA.
Since 25 May 2018, in the European Union (EU) exists a new 'Private Data Protection Regulation'-law, even legal experts are confused about this new legal 'Framework'. Because of this additional EU-burden, we decided to delete our Contact-page here on this WEBsite. We do not own / run the 'technical' part of this WEBsite meaning hardware (digital server), software etc. We do neither count nor collect the visitor's data on this WEBsite, these are 'Simplesite'-data. We own the Intellectual Part - meaning the texts, photos, layouts, designs, ideas etc. on this WEBpages. In other words, instead of using such an online 'Contact'-page, you are welcome to send us a physical letter by AirMail to our Postal-address in Ireland.
Additional comments for this HOME-page and any other page on our WEBsite:
*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 contents from at least one ‘physical’ volume, or in many cases from several ‘physical’ volumes;
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 between.
Last update: 17 June 2019
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