after more than 22 years at www.belser.com, we decided to use this new WEB-address for our new Homepage.
We introduced additional information about our unique Fictions - and Non-Fictions - collections with approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published as microfiches - titles with 38,300 microfiches (each microfiche contains 190 full text-pages on average) and ebook - titles. These 'new media' covers the content from approx. 7,600,000 printed pages in approx. 40,000 'physical' old Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc., originally published Centuries ago - in this way preserving such Intellectual Heritage for the Future.
The titles were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. writers and hundreds of additional writers in old 'physical' Periodicals.
Here on our WEBpages, the texts are 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.
By the way, more than 150 titles are published 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, then transformed into microfiche- and / or ebook-titles.
Some 19th Century - titles in English and German Language, were published in the USA.
Some German language titles were published during WWI times, some few titles were published 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 etc.
Over Centuries, many important Library-collections were destroyed, i.e. in Europe during the Dreissigjaehrige Krieg (1618 - 1648) and other war times. Furthermore, many Convent-Library-Collections - collected byNuns - were destroyed during the process of Secularisation (1804). The Mainstream-opinion considered such Women-collections as not important and as not 'academic', to preserve these books / texts for the future.
On the other hand, many Monastery-Library-Collections - collected by Monks - were 'transferred' into State Libraries. The Mainstream-opinion considered such Men-collections as important, precious and 'Academic', in that sense 'worthwhile', to preserve them 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 structured in respect to today user's 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 (within the original collection) 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 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 texts, photos, layouts etc. here on this Website. In other words, simply send us a 'physical letter' to our Postal-address in Ireland.
*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.
Last update: 21 February 2020
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