We have set up a new Jiscmail mailing list for all things #ebookSOS – a place for discussion about the issues around academic publishing and ebooks, for news and updates about the campaign, calls for help and support, sharing of examples and bad practice (and good practice – it does happen!) We launched this yesterday … Continue reading New Jiscmail list for #ebookSOS
As those who follow us on Twitter will have seen, although Wonkhe published Rachel’s piece on the lack of market pressure in the academic e-book industry yesterday, they have dealt poorly with dissent and criticism levelled at them for a number of issues, including their “support” from Kortext and the platform that Kortext appear to … Continue reading A statement on Wonkhe
This morning WonkHE published a piece from Rachel which explains why market pressure essentially does not exist in the academic e-book industry, and why we needed to ask the CMA to get involved. “We believed that the lack of market pressure in the industry merited a submission to the Competitions and Markets Authority. We submitted … Continue reading WonkHE article published today: There’s big problems with the market for academic ebooks
Yesterday, we received a very odd letter from Michelle Donelan MP, which left us all scratching our heads in bemusement. The letter can be read here At a loss for words, for a change, the campaign team handed over the reigns to the esteemed Professor Oppenheim. Please find his analysis of the Minister’s letter below. … Continue reading Professor Charles Oppenheim awards HE Minister 0% for effort and calls for face-to-face meeting
A third Vice Chancellor has added their name to the 54 pages of signatures we now have to our open letter. Thank you to Rama Thirunamachandran for your support! As we have said many times, if we have any hope of change, we need senior figures in Higher Education to speak up and support us.
Very early on in our campaign we were contacted by senior library figures in Ireland who were keen to express their solidarity and to run a sister campaign. The Irish context is quite different to ours but they face similar problems in terms of ebook pricing and availability. Please read this Libfocus piece written by … Continue reading The #ebooksos campaign in Ireland
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 … Continue reading 700 tickets snapped up for UCL #ebooksos webinar – An event you will not want to miss
Vice Chancellor of University of Gloucestershire, Stephen Marston, today confirmed the University’s support for #ebooksos campaign and signed the open letter. This is very welcome news. Support from HE leadership is critical if we are to make any progress. We hope other sector leaders will follow suit.
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