#ebooksos invited to Paris join Couperin Consortium for a study day on the 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

#ebooksos visits Copenhagen to present to League of European Research Universities : a brief write up

On March 30th Yohanna travelled to the the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen, at the invite of League of European Research Universities (LERU) Information Group, to talk to them about the #ebooksos campaign   The Black Diamond, Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen #ebooksos is a UK based grassroots campaign, founded by Yohanna, in response to academic publishers … Continue reading #ebooksos visits Copenhagen to present to League of European Research Universities : a brief write up

Library ebooks crisis worsens as academic publishing reports 14% increase in profits from UK market

written by Anthony Sinnott, Access and Procurement Development Manager, University of York , Image from annual earnings report on the @PublishersAssoc Twitter feed and shared by @LizzieGadd The Publishers Association presents the increase in business and revenues reported in the image above as a positive achievement, which is absolutely reasonable considering their perspective. When looking into … Continue reading Library ebooks crisis worsens as academic publishing reports 14% increase in profits from UK market

Union demands regulator step in and review e-book industry

The University and College Union (UCU) has called on the government to ask the Competitions and Market Authority to review the academic e-book market to ensure that research and information is more affordable for staff, students and institutions.In a letter to universities minister, Michelle Donelan, UCU General Secretary, Dr Jo Grady writes, A few key … Continue reading Union demands regulator step in and review e-book industry

Senior National Health Service information professionals call for action on ebooks

In an unprecedented move, senior information professionals working in UK National Health Service (NHS) have issued a statement supporting our call for action on ebooks. It reads, Access to up-to-date information is critical for supporting day-to-day decision making in health and care. To deliver high quality care and support to patients, service users, carers and … Continue reading Senior National Health Service information professionals call for action on ebooks

Outrage as Pearson increase ebook prices by 500% in one week

#ebooksos were dismayed to learn yesterday that Pearson Education UK intend to increase the price of their ebooks by 500% on December 6th. Pearson were one of the few publishers with ebook prices that mirrored their hardcopy prices. Librarians are now faced with just a week to review their Pearson ebook licence holdings before the … Continue reading Outrage as Pearson increase ebook prices by 500% in one week

Support received from Business Librarians Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

It may appear that all has gone quiet on the #ebooksos front but this is far from the truth. We are all still very busy building support for an investigation into the ebook market. We are delighted to have recently received support from Sjoukje Schots, Chair of the Business Librarians Association and Gerald Leitner, Secretary … Continue reading Support received from Business Librarians Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5buKdmlMmU&t=1847s&ab_channel=universityofglos We reported some weeks ago that Johanna Anderson had been nominated twice for a "inspiring colleague" award in the 2021 University of Gloucestershire staff excellence awards in recognition of her work on #ebooksos. Johanna was delighted to learn today that she won the award. You can watch the moment it was announced in the … Continue reading Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

Can my students read my books? : Guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers

Background : what is the problem? 1 If you’re writing an academic book, you presumably want your students to read it. To do that, you’re going to want your library to be able to buy it as an ebook. Sounds simple? It’s not. Most academic libraries buy ebooks whenever we can. This is to make … Continue reading Can my students read my books? : Guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers