Preserving the past to create a more virtuous, scientific worldview:
The Germany that has declared economic war on the fossil fuel industry through its Energiewende policy did not spring out of nothing. Modern electronic tools improve the efficiency by which culture is preserved for the betterment of mankind.
The sorts of material and themes one will find dating from 1842 to the first half of the 20th century is not the sort of thing Americans would be willingly exposed to by ever helpful media and Hollywood mind trainers. In fact American media, and probably government, would prefer that most of the material from this period be erased.
The Max Planck Society, a highly reputed research institution, has bought the entire Springer Book Archives (SBA) consisting of 110,000 individual titles. The purchase gives staff in 82 Max Planck institutes in Germany direct online access to the retro-digitized books via the SpringerLink platform. The Springer Book Archives contain the digital copies of nearly all the books published by Springer from 1842, when the publishing house was founded, up to and including 2004. The works are divided into 11 collections in English (around 56,000 titles) and five in German (around 54,000 titles). Licenses are available for each of these individual packages. The Springer Book Archives give today’s researchers access to key academic work from the past two centuries, and researchers can use these e-books on a wide variety of electronic devices. (“Max Planck Society buys the entire Springer Book Archives.” Max Planck Society press release. 02-14)