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

Promoting open access resources in programme (re)validations – Guest Post

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

Academics and ebooks : an example of what you can do to help.

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.