eBooks on Demand

European libraries are hosting millions of books published prior to 1930. With the EOD service, these hidden treasures will now become available to everybody, just a few mouse clicks away.

What does EOD mean?
What is an EOD eBook?
Which books can I order as eBooks?
How much will I need to pay for an EOD eBook?
Watch a short presentation on the EOD service (4 mins)
Ordering your book of choice as an EOD eBook

What does EOD mean?

EOD stands for eBooks on Demand. Within the framework of this service you will be able to request out-of-copyright books from the collections of participating libraries.

23 libraries from 10 countries offer this service, beginning successively in 2007. Following the National Széchényi Library, the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the second institution in Hungary to join the European network.
  • Select a book from our collection to be digitized at your request
  • Place your order and pay by invoice or online
  • Place your order from anywhere around the world, 24/7
  • You receive a PDF file, which you can search, copy & paste, or print out. Marks, notations and other notes in the margins present in the original volume will also appear in this file.
  • The EOD eBook – in a simplified format – is subsequently integrated into the Library's repository.

What is an EOD book?

An EOD eBook is a digitis edbook delivered in the form of a PDF file. The file contains the (automatically produced) full text of the complete book, so you can search the book for individual words and copy & paste the electronic full text into any other application , print out individual pages or the whole book.

The eBook belongs to you in the same way as a printed book, DVD or CD does. You can use it for your personal use, but you are not allowed to make it available on the Internet or to distribute it for commercial purposes. When ordering a book, please refer to the specific Terms and Conditions of the library for further details on special usage rights.

Which books can I order as eBooks?

Only out-of-copyright books can be ordered. As a rule of thumb, in our Library you can place orders on books published between 1800 and 1930. Documents published prior to 1800 are subject to individual consideration (depending on condition and collection value). Some libraries, nevertheless, will also be offering the digitisation of books beyond that timeframe, depending on the applicable copyright rules, or for special user groups, e.g. researchers or people with disability. Check the description at the individual libraries' catalogues to find out details.

Ordering your book of choice as an EOD eBook

The books which can be digitized are marked in the library's online catalogue with the EOD logo. Order the book by simply pressing the button (in this case, based on the data in the record, the system is able to calculate the estimated price of the eBook), or filling out this form  (where you must give the details of the book and may choose between getting a quote or ordering the book immediately).

The Library's online catalogue mainly contains the data of books published after 1979, which are mostly still in-copyright, but we are endeavouring to complete our database with the bibliographic records of older books as well. Should you be unable to locate a book in our OPAC, please consult the card catalogues, or contact us via e-mail or by phone at (+36-1) 411-6364. In possession of the required data, you can now order your book of choice by filling out this form.

A user-friendly interface will guide you through the ordering process, through which you will also be able to track your order at your personal tracing site. You will be asked to provide your personal data upon registration; your username/password will be sent to you in a conformation e-mail, which you can use afterwards to place new orders as well. Once the book has been digitised (within approx. 5 workdays depending on the condition of the original document), you shall be notified via e-mail. You will have several payment options which you can choose from on your personal tracing site. After your payment has been received, you will be able to download the eBook in PDF format, or have it sent to you on a CD or DVD.

How much will I need to pay for an EOD eBook?

  • HUF 600 fixed fee + HUF 50/book page
  • current members of the library get a 40% discount (HUF 600 + HUF 30/book page)
  • if you prefer having your file burned on a CD or DVD instead of the free download option, an extra HUF 400 service fee will be charged
  • if you opt for COD (cash on delivery), current fees of the Hungarian Post are applicable