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What is an eBook?

  • An eBook is a book in digital form, which can be read on various electronic devices. A Springer Nature eBook is identical to the print version.

Which eBook formats does Springer Nature offer?

  • Springer Nature eBooks are currently available for purchase in PDF and sometimes EPUB format.
  • If an eBook is available in PDF and EPUB formats, both will become available for download upon purchase.
  • Both formats can be used and read on various digital devices, including mobile phones.
  • EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display automatically.
  • PDF content is static; pages are displayed identically across devices.

What is the difference between Living and Static Reference Works?

  • Some of Springer Nature’s reference works are published as living references which are online first, real-time snapshots (article collections) of a reference work which is in development or is being updated.
  • The living editions are delivered well in advance of the static, printed reference publications, and continuously offer new and up-to-date content.
  • Each online-first entry has its own DOI and is fully citable.
  • If you need additional information, please click on Living and Static Reference Works.


  • A MyCopy is your personal print-on-demand softcover edition of an eBook.
  • MyCopy books are printed versions of eBooks within a eBook Collection to which your library provides you access via SpringerLink. This is a special service Springer Nature offers libraries to make it easier for students and library users to work with the printed edition.  
  • Each book and chapter page on SpringerLink tells you if the respective title is available as a MyCopy edition.
  • You can order your personal MyCopy directly from SpringerLink. This unique service is available to Institutions with Springer Nature licensed eBooks.  
  • MyCopy books have a colored soft cover, with the interior being black and white. Thus, colored illustrations in the eBook and conventional print books are always monochrome in the corresponding MyCopy book.
  • Every MyCopy book is available at USD/EUR 39.99, including shipping and handling and can be shipped to the following locations: US, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia etc.
  • Additional information is available on our MyCopy/eBooks Librarians page.

Book Chapter

  • You can also purchase individual chapters of a book in digital form on SpringerLink.
  • The buyable chapters of a book are listed on the corresponding book product page.
  • After your purchase you may download the chapter as a PDF file.
  • The price of each chapter is $39.99 / 24.95€ / £19.95 (the final gross prices may vary due to local tax legislation, i.e. in the EU).

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