MyCopy - Librarians' Frequently Asked Questions

What is MyCopy?

MyCopy is a POD book that SpringerLink users with access to Springer’s eBooks can order directly from SpringerLink. Every MyCopy book matches with a corresponding eBook on SpringerLink. Springer will sell the MyCopy book exclusively to individual end customers (library patrons) at $/€24.95 including shipping and handling.

Which Springer titles will be available in MyCopy format?

Only Springer titles that are accessible as an eBook on SpringerLink will be available in MyCopy format. All POD-suitable eBooks starting with the copyright year 2005 and with a page number less than 832 will be included in the MyCopy offering. German, Dutch, and French language titles will be excluded for the time being. In total almost 14,000.

How do MyCopy books and standard Springer books differentiate?

The design and color of a MyCopy book cover correspond with Springer’s regular print books and eBooks. In future Springer will brand MyCopy books with a white band at the bottom edge of the front and back cover. This band will incorporate the MyCopy wordmark and the SpringerLink logo. The MyCopy visual (Logo and wordmark) is displayed on the book spine for books published after June 2009.

Unlike Springer’s conventional print books, MyCopy books are always softcover books. The inner work of a MyCopy book is black and white. Hence, all colored parts and illustrations in the interior of regular Springer books and eBooks are monochrome in the MyCopy book. The MyCopy front matter will indicate that MyCopy books:

  • are for individual use only
  • can be cited with the DOI of the corresponding eBook 
  • are offered to the library patron on cooperation with his or her library and that the book is made available to him, because the library bought at least one Springer eBook package.

Why is the inner work of MyCopy books monochrome?

MyCopy is offered at a very competitive, market driven end user price of $/€ 24.95. At this price point color in the inner work is not feasible. Monochrome illustrations in the MyCopy books are of top quality and will meet the quality standards of the MyCopy customers. Should the MyCopy reader prefer colored illustrations he or she can use the eBook, which can be accessed on SpringerLink. It is clearly indicated on SpringerLink that the MyCopy book has a black and white interior.

Is data going to be released on MyCopy books (for example the MyCopy ISBNS) so that it can be integrated into library opacs or book store catalogs?

No, Springer will not release any data to libraries or to external parties like VLB, Libri, Nielsen BookData, Amazon, Dawson etc.. MyCopy books are always sold directly from SpringerLink to the library patron and will at no time be distributed to libraries or to resellers/ intermediaries. For this reason there is no need for libraries and book stores to index MyCopy ISBNs in their OPACs or book store catalogs respectively.

When will MyCopy be available?

Springer has launched MyCopy in the USA and Canada. Springer now launches MyCopy in various countries in Europe

Where can a library patron buy a MyCopy book?

MyCopy books are exclusively available from SpringerLink. They are not going to be sold to libraries or book stores and they will not be offered on other web-based platforms such as Amazon or – only on SpringerLink.

Can libraries order MyCopy books to supplement their own collections?

No, libraries cannot order MyCopy books. MyCopy books are for individual use only and are always and without exception sold directly to the library patron.

Can a library offer the MyCopy order option when it does not subscribe to the full eBook package, but to single ebook packages?

Yes, libraries can offer the MyCopy order option when they subscribe to single eBook packages. The MyCopy offering is not limited to libraries subscribing to the full eBook package. If a library offers the MyCopy order option with single eBook packages their library patrons can only order MyCopy books that correspond with eBooks from those collections.

Will the library patron know that he is buying MyCopy from Springer and not from the library?

Yes, the library patron will know that he or she is buying a MyCopy book directly from Springer. During the order process the MyCopy offering will be explained. The library patron will know that the order process as well as production and delivery of the book are managed by Springer and that the library is not acting as a reseller.

How does the library patron pay for MyCopy?

Customers pay MyCopy books by credit card on SpringerLink. The customer receives a digital invoice after payment has been approved by the credit card company. Only after the payment has been validated the order is processed by Springer and then passed on to a local printer who prints, binds, and drop ships the book.

Can a library patron have the MyCopy book shipped to any location?

No, a library patron cannot have a MyCopy book shipped to any location. MyCopy books will only be delivered to addresses that are located in the same country as the patronized institution.

Can the library patron return the book?

MyCopy books are generally not returnable. If the POD-provider drop ships a MyCopy book that does not match with the original order, the library patron can contact Springer’s MyCopy support via email and the desired MyCopy book will be reordered on his or her behalf.