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Union demands regulator step in and review e-book industry

The University and College Union (UCU) has called on the government to ask the Competitions and Market Authority to review the academic e-book market to ensure that research and information is more affordable for staff, students and institutions.In a letter to universities minister, Michelle Donelan, UCU General Secretary, Dr Jo Grady writes, A few key … Continue reading Union demands regulator step in and review e-book industry

Senior National Health Service information professionals call for action on ebooks

In an unprecedented move, senior information professionals working in UK National Health Service (NHS) have issued a statement supporting our call for action on ebooks. It reads, Access to up-to-date information is critical for supporting day-to-day decision making in health and care. To deliver high quality care and support to patients, service users, carers and … Continue reading Senior National Health Service information professionals call for action on ebooks

Outrage as Pearson increase ebook prices by 500% in one week

#ebooksos were dismayed to learn yesterday that Pearson Education UK intend to increase the price of their ebooks by 500% on December 6th. Pearson were one of the few publishers with ebook prices that mirrored their hardcopy prices. Librarians are now faced with just a week to review their Pearson ebook licence holdings before the … Continue reading Outrage as Pearson increase ebook prices by 500% in one week

#ebookSOS in one minute!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZUJs72288 #ebookSOS summarised in one minute (and twenty seconds, but who's counting?) Feel free to share and spread as widely as possible! If anyone would like a copy of this video to download for re-use, please use this link (right click and Save Link As)

#ebookSOS short-listed for an Open Publishing Award

The #ebookSOS campaign has been short-listed for an Open Publishing Award! Open Publishing Awards celebrates individuals and communities developing open creative, technological, scholarly, artistic, and civic publishing projects. As we witness a rise in the creation of content, software, systems, and infrastructure that help share knowledge globally without barriers, the Open Publishing Awards seek to recognize … Continue reading #ebookSOS short-listed for an Open Publishing Award

Support received from Business Librarians Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

It may appear that all has gone quiet on the #ebooksos front but this is far from the truth. We are all still very busy building support for an investigation into the ebook market. We are delighted to have recently received support from Sjoukje Schots, Chair of the Business Librarians Association and Gerald Leitner, Secretary … Continue reading Support received from Business Librarians Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5buKdmlMmU&t=1847s&ab_channel=universityofglos We reported some weeks ago that Johanna Anderson had been nominated twice for a "inspiring colleague" award in the 2021 University of Gloucestershire staff excellence awards in recognition of her work on #ebooksos. Johanna was delighted to learn today that she won the award. You can watch the moment it was announced in the … Continue reading Johanna Anderson wins “inspiring colleague award” in university staff excellence awards for her work on #Ebooksos

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