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Johanna Anderson nominated for university awards

Congratulations go to Johanna Anderson, who has been nominated in two categories for the University of Gloucestershire Staff Excellence Awards; the Inspiring Colleague Award and the Professional Services Award. The nominations cited her "outstanding commitment to students and the university" in launching the #ebooksos campaign, saying that "She has gone way beyond her 'day job', … Continue reading Johanna Anderson nominated for university awards

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

WonkHE article published today: There’s big problems with the market for academic ebooks

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

Professor Charles Oppenheim awards HE Minister 0% for effort and calls for face-to-face meeting

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

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University backs #ebooksos

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. … Continue reading Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University backs #ebooksos