Knowledge Rights 21, along with Library Futures and Authors Alliance, has launched an ebook pledge, calling on publishers to sign up to it and adopt the principles set out by it. The principles are as follows, To make all eBooks available to libraries to preserve and to lend to the public directly or via inter-library loan, … Continue reading #EbookSOS welcomes launch of Library eBook Pledge
Students at the University of Worcester (UK) have launched an #ebooksos petition calling for the fair pricing of ebooks. The students ask that people support their efforts to 'ensure all students have access to the essential digital resources required for their studies and success', before stating, We are particularly concerned about those from disadvantaged or … Continue reading UK students launch ebook petition.
The Publishers Association has reported another year of record breaking profits for the publishing industry in 2022, in spite of the cost of living crisis. Source: Publishers Association Meanwhile, frustrated by policymakers' and competition authorities' failure to address the ongoing library ebook crisis, library associations from across Europe signed a letter requesting parallel action on … Continue reading Publishing industry announces record profits as European library associations call for action on ebooks
Authors rarely know what happens with their works once they have been published so when Wiley recently withdrew over 1300 ebook titles from library collections we and Authors Alliance decided to tell them. Wiley was already under pressure to rethink their practices, thanks to the Library Association of Ireland and others securing coverage in the … Continue reading Wiley misfires with an unprecedented PR crisis-management move
Authors of the books recently withdrawn from university libraries by their publisher Wiley, are putting their names to a letter co-written by Authors Alliance and #ebookSOS, calling on Wiley to change their practices. The text of the letter can be read here. We’re still working on reaching out to all of the individual authors of … Continue reading Wiley ebook withdrawals denounced by authors
To help spread the word, and in response to popular request, our animation is now available in 10 languages (with more to come. If you have any particular request then do please let us know) screenshot of animation Currently available in Irish, Welsh, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Dutch, English The price of the … Continue reading Library Association of Ireland sponsorship : #ebooksos video available in eight languages
Today it was bought to our attention that the ebook platform, Kortext has been sending the following to University staff. Keep your eyes peeled for people in purple because Kortext is coming to a campus near you! The student cost of living crisis is real. In fact, according to UUK, more than 50% of students … Continue reading Kortext – market manipulation and disaster capitalism?
A conversation was bought to our attention on Twitter a few days ago that went like this - In June my library was told that Wiley would be removing 1,379 ebooks from our subscription packages. Because many of these books were heavily used, we looked into purchasing them with perpetual access but were told they … Continue reading Wiley withdrawing key ebook titles from library collections – evidence required please
We have learnt that the UK Government is due to hold "stakeholder" talks on the ebook crisis on 11th July. However, no one at #ebooksos has been invited, and our requests for further information about the meeting have been refused. We only found out about the meeting as a result of one of our supporters … Continue reading #ebooksos librarians frozen out of government ‘stakeholder’ talks on ‘solutions’ for the continuing ebook crisis
#ebooksos are excited to have been invited to Paris by Couperin Consortium (Unified Consortium of University and Research Institutions for Access to Digital Publication), the French equivalent of JISC, to take part in their 2022 ebook study day "The ebook, a digital object of transition" on July 4th. The resources and lobbying power large publishers … Continue reading #ebooksos invited to Paris join Couperin Consortium for a study day on the ebook crisis