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The #Ebooksos team have been hard at work planning a 2021 quarantine armchair tour to discuss the current situation and future plans for the campaign. Please do join us at these events if you can We encourage academics, students and other interested parties to come along as well as librarians. Dealing with the ebook challenge … Continue reading #Ebooksos on Tour
As our open letter attracts over 3600 signatures, UK Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance has become the latest organisation to join our call for an investigation into the broken academic ebook market. We very much welcome this support. There may be differing opinions across the sector on what to do about the current crisis but … Continue reading UK Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance join call for ebook investigation
CILIP letter to the Competition and Markets Authority In discussion with the Academic eBook Investigation campaign, CILIP has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to petition them formally to investigate the practices of publishers in respect of the pricing, licensing terms and availability of academic ebooks, which prevent librarians in Higher Education from … Continue reading Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) formally petitions Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate practices of academic ebook publishers
We are delighted that our open letter has now surpassed 3000 signatures. We are not going away. Thanks to everyone who signed and shared the letter. We will keep pushing for the investigation we so desperately need. Can we make it to 5000?
Written for The Guardian by Anna Fazackerley Our campaign features in today's Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jan/29/price-gouging-from-covid-student-ebooks-costing-up-to-500-more-than-in-print Please do read it. It is a fantastic piece. Anna has done an impressive job in illustrating the complexities of the situation with data and comment from Higher Education staff across the UK, Thank you Anna!
As we approach the second semester in the academic year, we still await meaningful intervention in the ebook crisis from those in power. Arguably, we are in a far more critical situation than at the start of the pandemic when the severe lock-down began in March 2020. Students now have significantly reduced access to resources … Continue reading The Move to Open Access as Ebook Crisis Worsens
by Dr Clare McCluskey Dean, Academic Liaison Librarian A recent revalidation of a course suite, in a subject area for which I am the library liaison, brought to a head the problems in providing online access to programme resources. This is both in terms of access during lockdown, preventing unnecessary handling of print sources and … Continue reading Promoting open access resources in programme (re)validations – Guest Post
With their fingers firmly in their ears, academic publishers are still busy trying to tout their ebooks to academics. Emails such as the following, which was received by academics today from Oxford University Press (one of the worst culprits in the ebook pricing scandal) I hope teaching is going well in this very unusual year.Like everyone else, … Continue reading Academics and ebooks : an example of what you can do to help.
WonkHE has published the blistering rebuttal of current academic ebook market practices, written by Anthony Sinnott, Access & Procurement Manager at University of York. It can be read here Thank you to Anthony for helping to raise the profile of these important issues and the campaign