We are very pleased to have received the backing of Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) and to have reached the 700 signature milestone.
Gavin Phillips of SUPC tweeted
“Having consulted with library reps, I’m signing on behalf of @supc_uk. Members using our agreements struggle with the pricing that publishers force on them. This has been brewing for a few years now but in 2020 they have pushed everyone too far. I’ve worked with both e-books and e-textbooks as a librarian and now in procurement. Regular channels of communication just haven’t worked and there is little (if any) transparency on the part of most big publishers. This open letter is one of few remaining options..”
We hope that this support will prompt other organisations to follow suit. Backing from SUPC really does highlight the reality that the current situation is not working for any of us.