Please tell me about De Gruyter as a publisher

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SteveHD | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jun 10 2015 6:51 AM

I see a large number of pre-pubs from this publisher and some interesting titles. I see that some are shown as being in German. Are they typically translated to English?

Does this publisher, as some do, have a particular leaning?

The discounts from original print pricing is great but the books are still expensive; why is that?

Do these book tend to be overly academic (assume lots of strong technical skills) or are they pastoral?

Maybe we can get one of those biographical sketch pages for them if it is not already out there and I just missed it.

De Gruyter Bundle (243 vols.) along with may smaller bundles and single books

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Clifford B. Kvidahl | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 10 2015 7:03 AM

SHotchkiss:

I see a large number of pre-pubs from this publisher and some interesting titles. I see that some are shown as being in German. Are they typically translated to English?

Does this publisher, as some do, have a particular leaning?

The discounts from original print pricing is great but the books are still expensive; why is that?

Do these book tend to be overly academic (assume lots of strong technical skills) or are they pastoral?

Maybe we can get one of those biographical sketch pages for them if it is not already out there and I just missed it.

De Gruyter Bundle (243 vols.) along with may smaller bundles and single books

SHotchkiss,

Allow me to answer your questions.

1. This is an academic publisher, so there is no real commitment to a theology or denomination.

2. The print edition of these are always well over $100, so the pricing for Logos PrePub is quite the steal really.

3. These are very academic, most of them being dissertations.

4. The volumes that are German are published that way. There are English (and I have seen a few French as well) volumes as well.

Cliff

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 11 2015 1:17 AM

Brill and DeGruyter publish in an environment very unlike the American publisher. They will publish academic materials for prestige rather than profit. If one has an interest in obscure languages e.g. Old Turkish, Sodgian, Manchu, Pali ... you can be certain that German publishers will be collecting large chunks of your money. It used to be (I have no knowledge of the current situation) that there was so much prestige involved than industrial firms would subsidize some of these publications. Academics in American does not carry that level of prestige. 

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