As a campaign fighting for the issues of knowledge equity and equality of access to information, #ebookSOS is as concerned as many others in the sector about the awarding of the 2024 World Library and Information Congress to Dubai. With a long track record of human rights abuses and legal discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, women, … Continue reading IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2024, Dubai
Wiley released a statement yesterday announced they would be returning the withdrawn 1,379 ebooks to the ProQuest Academic Complete package in response to librarian, author, student and organisational pressure - but only until June 2023. Whilst #ebookSOS welcomes this news and counts it as a success for our collective action and sustained pressure (with particular … Continue reading Wiley backtracks – but only for nine months…
Today sees the publication of Glyn Moody's 'Walled Culture', an important book charting the history of digital copyright, what it means for consumers to no longer own the content they 'purchase', and the social, economic and technological implications of corporate ownership of knowledge and culture. Yohanna, Caroline and Rachel get a mention, as does the … Continue reading #ebookSOS makes it into print!
In the wake of the Irish library associations' statement on the outrageous behaviour of Wiley (and ProQuest, who apparently sat on the news of the withdrawals for two years before informing libraries), the news has made the Irish press and galvanised student unions. The issue has been reported in the Irish Examiner twice, once on … Continue reading Wiley: student unions condemn publisher’s actions and editor resigns in protest
The #ebookSOS campaign applauds and echoes today's joint statement from the Library Association of Ireland, the Consortium of National and University Libraries, the Irish Universities' Association Librarians' Group and the Technological Higher Education Association Librarians' Group, condemning the recent move by Wiley to remove over 1000 key titles from key subscription packages. For further background … Continue reading Irish library associations condemn publisher Wiley’s removal of hundreds of titles from ebook collections – can we expect a similar position from UK sector bodies?
In the absence of a Universities Minister since Michelle Donelan stepped down, Team #ebookSOS has sent an updated letter to the Education Select Committee. In the two years since the last letter was sent, the situation has only worsened. Budgets across HE have tightened, library budgets often the most vulnerable targets within universities, whilst publishers … Continue reading New letter sent to Education Select Committee
As part of the Open Publishing Fest (link) Team #ebookSOS hosted a live Twitter chat during the evening of 19 November. We had six questions, left via a Padlet promoted on Twitter prior to the event. Q1. What do you think are the odds of the CMA launching a formal investigation?Q2. Do you think Brexit … Continue reading Open Publishing Fest live Twitter chat
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This morning a joint statement on access to e-book and e-textbook content was released, representing the position of the library sector across a range of bodies, including SCONUL, JISC, CILIP, NAG, RLUK, APUC and SUPC - and yes, #ebookSOS! The paper calls for "immediate action by publishers an aggregators to introduce more sustainable and affordable … Continue reading The sector united…
The #ebookSOS campaign has been short-listed for an Open Publishing Award! Open Publishing Awards celebrates individuals and communities developing open creative, technological, scholarly, artistic, and civic publishing projects. As we witness a rise in the creation of content, software, systems, and infrastructure that help share knowledge globally without barriers, the Open Publishing Awards seek to recognize … Continue reading #ebookSOS short-listed for an Open Publishing Award