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
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 said, … 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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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?