Wilhelm Ernst and the digital book
With its extensive book and journal programme, Ernst & Sohn is today one of the leading publishers for construction engineering and architecture in German-speaking countries. It is an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of the world’s leading publishers of journals, books, and major reference works in biomedics; chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering; and architecture.
If a present-day engineer or architect, journeying back in time to the founding of the publishing house on January 1, 1851, had predicted this development to founder Wilhelm Ernst, the Berlin publisher would have been quite proud. One might imagine a slight wrinkling of his forehead if his guest had tried to convince him of the advantages of digital publishing: "Books without paper? Oh, come on, please!" Only to add immediately: "If that's what our readers need, we definitely should publish these paperless works!" The practical professional work of civil engineers and architects is what determined the programme of Ernst & Sohn then, and it has continued to do so ever since - for more than 150 years.