This online library contains nearly a million books in six languages

As a student, it is not easy to make ends meet. The sources of expenses are multiplying, especially when it comes to acquiring all the college books in the program. Perlego offers them subscription access to a catalog of nearly a million books in six languages.

Gauthier Van Malderen and Matthew Davis launched Perlego in 2016 to provide students with an affordable solution. †Not long ago, our founders were students struggling to pay for their textbooks, like so many of their peers. The prices of academic books continue to rise, leaving students unable to get the resources they need.”we can read on the site of the British company.

The numbers back them up: Two-thirds of American college students have already given up buying or renting textbooks for lack of money, according to a 2014 report by Public Interest Research Groups. Many choose to download second-hand or illegally to get the textbooks they need for their studies. This stands for “a real shortage” for academic publishers, as Rémi Beaudru, Perlego’s French director, explained: Weekly Books

Giving students “a fair chance”

To address this problem, Perlego offers nearly a million science and nonfiction books on topics such as art, mathematics, theology, and business. A monthly or annual subscription gives access to this catalog of works, some of which are available in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and English. The user can consult these works on the Perlego website or the associated mobile application, but cannot obtain them in digital format. “He can’t download the file, thus reassuring publishers that we are not part of the illegal download problem,” pointed Rémi Beaudru to the specialized publication.

Perlogo works with 200 French-speaking and French-speaking publishers and recently signed a contract with the Italian publishing house Mondadori. The aim: to offer young people and researchers a catalog of academic works that is as complete as possible. “We believe that education has the power to change lives. By giving people all the tools they need to learn, we can give everyone a fair chance at a better future.”say the founders of the company.

(ETX Daily Up)

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