700 tickets snapped up for UCL #ebooksos webinar – An event you will not want to miss

Today saw the 700th participant sign up for the UCL Webinar being held on 15th March 2021, https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/open-access/2021/02/09/event-ebooks-webinar/This remarkable level of interest is illustrative of how difficult the current climate is for libraries. Tickets are free and are still available via the link above. Johanna Anderson, lead campaigner #ebooksos and speaker at the event said, … Continue reading 700 tickets snapped up for UCL #ebooksos webinar – An event you will not want to miss

UK Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance join call for ebook investigation

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

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) formally petitions Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate practices of academic ebook publishers

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

‘Price gouging from Covid’: student ebooks costing up to 500% more than in print

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!

The Move to Open Access as Ebook Crisis Worsens

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