Understanding Springer Nature's eBook Licensing and Terms

At Springer Nature, we offer various eBook licensing options to meet the needs of our customers. Our site license and single eBook licensing options, including the terms and conditions that apply to our eBooks, are explained below.

Site License

Our eBooks covered by a site license are DRM-free, meaning there are no limits on access and no simultaneous usage cap for institutional users per license. This means that an unlimited numbers of users can access the book at the same time, download the files to their own computers, and read and annotate them as they see fit.

Single eBook Licensing

For our single eBook licensing, each eBook has only one price, available in four currencies (Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, and US Dollars). The price is for continuous access, meaning you pay for it only once. We charge no platform fees, and there are no price tiers with different terms for each tier.

General Terms and Conditions

Our full terms and conditions are available as a PDF, but here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • In October 2023, we updated our terms and conditions to include a new Artificial Intelligence clause (3.1.6). If you have any questions, contact a licensing manager for more details.
  • You can discuss exceptions from the general terms and conditions via your licensing manager. If you have an agreement with us for exceptions, choose the ‘agree later’ option when you check out.
  • Our eBooks are available as DRM-free PDFs and often also in ePub format on SpringerLink, or in rare cases on another of our reading platforms.
  • You can interlibrary loan the eBooks, and chapters of it, with very few limitations.
  • We work with two digital preservation services to make sure that you have continuous access to the eBook, even in the unlikely event that we cease to exist.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our customer support team.

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