Even though information about the countries in the world and also about their media can be accessed more and more easily through the Internet, this does not satisfy the need for reliable, topical and expertly construed information on the respective media systems. The high demand for the International Media Handbook shows that this need is much rather increasing among researchers and scholars as well as in journalism and politics, especially with regard to comparably structured data on different countries. The 26th edition of the International Media Handbook, published in July 2009, responded to this demand with a combination of general analyses and country-specific contributions, which are exceptional in their coverage (79 articles spanning all continents) and their content range covering all relevant media worldwide.
A concept is currently developed in order to make the information that is published on over 1300 pages available in English through an Open Access platform. Besides financial issues legal and technical questions have to be clarified.