Jena, Germany, June 22, 2010 – All European Union publications are now available online via the EU Bookshop, a solution which is powered by Intershop’s Enfinity software. It offers users convenient access to the “digital library” with more than 14 million of web-optimized pdf-pages. This includes some 12 million scanned pages of historical publications and 2 million of recently published media. Furthermore, more than 1,600 new releases are added annually. Via the website www.eu-bookshop.eu theses were made accessible can be ordered from there. The offer includes books, brochures, posters, cards, subject-specific documents, journals and magazines, CD-ROMs, DVDs related to the activities and political strategies of the European Union, as well as publications of other institutions and authorities of the EU that have been published since 1952.
Both simple and advanced search options are provided for browsing by subject or author. Users logging in to My EU Bookshop benefit from personalized functionality that leverages previous searches, as well as automatic e-mail notifications with recommended publications. Key decision criteria for the EU when awarding the contract were the user-friendliness of Enfinity and Intershop’s internationalization expertise—a crucial factor given the website’s availability in 23 languages. The solution replaces an open source platform that demanded high maintenances efforts incurring increasing costs.
The ultimate aim is to make the EU Bookshop the main point of reference for EU publications.
Peter Mark Droste, member of the Management Board of Intershop Communications AG: “With its digital library, the EU is making a wealth of European history available to the public. We are delighted to be a part of this important step toward creating a more citizen-friendly, united Europe.”
With the go-live of the Publishing Office’s electronic library, the European Union has achieved a key milestone in its ambitious digitalization project. The Office originally launched a PDF on demand service in 2007, enabling visitors to scan individual publications from the EU archives. Demand was so strong that the EU decided to digitalize its entire archives, the majority of which can be accessed free of charge via www.bookshop.europa.eu.
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.