#ebookSOS makes it into print!

Today sees the publication of Glyn Moody's 'Walled Culture', an important book charting the history of digital copyright, what it means for consumers to no longer own the content they 'purchase', and the social, economic and technological implications of corporate ownership of knowledge and culture. Yohanna, Caroline and Rachel get a mention, as does the … Continue reading #ebookSOS makes it into print!

Wiley: student unions condemn publisher’s actions and editor resigns in protest

In the wake of the Irish library associations' statement on the outrageous behaviour of Wiley (and ProQuest, who apparently sat on the news of the withdrawals for two years before informing libraries), the news has made the Irish press and galvanised student unions. The issue has been reported in the Irish Examiner twice, once on … Continue reading Wiley: student unions condemn publisher’s actions and editor resigns in protest

Irish library associations condemn publisher Wiley’s removal of hundreds of titles from ebook collections – can we expect a similar position from UK sector bodies?

The #ebookSOS campaign applauds and echoes today's joint statement from the Library Association of Ireland, the Consortium of National and University Libraries, the Irish Universities' Association Librarians' Group and the Technological Higher Education Association Librarians' Group, condemning the recent move by Wiley to remove over 1000 key titles from key subscription packages. For further background … Continue reading Irish library associations condemn publisher Wiley’s removal of hundreds of titles from ebook collections – can we expect a similar position from UK sector bodies?

Library Association of Ireland sponsorship : #ebooksos video available in eight languages

To help spread the word, and in response to popular request, our animation is now available in 10 languages (with more to come. If you have any particular request then do please let us know) screenshot of animation Currently available in Irish, Welsh, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Dutch, English The price of the … Continue reading Library Association of Ireland sponsorship : #ebooksos video available in eight languages

Kortext – market manipulation and disaster capitalism?

Today it was bought to our attention that the ebook platform, Kortext has been sending the following to University staff. Keep your eyes peeled for people in purple because Kortext is coming to a campus near you! The student cost of living crisis is real. In fact, according to UUK, more than 50% of students … Continue reading Kortext – market manipulation and disaster capitalism?

Wiley withdrawing key ebook titles from library collections – evidence required please

A conversation was bought to our attention on Twitter a few days ago that went like this - In June my library was told that Wiley would be removing 1,379 ebooks from our subscription packages. Because many of these books were heavily used, we looked into purchasing them with perpetual access but were told they … Continue reading Wiley withdrawing key ebook titles from library collections – evidence required please

New letter sent to Education Select Committee

In the absence of a Universities Minister since Michelle Donelan stepped down, Team #ebookSOS has sent an updated letter to the Education Select Committee. In the two years since the last letter was sent, the situation has only worsened. Budgets across HE have tightened, library budgets often the most vulnerable targets within universities, whilst publishers … Continue reading New letter sent to Education Select Committee

#ebooksos librarians frozen out of government ‘stakeholder’ talks on ‘solutions’ for the continuing ebook crisis

We have learnt that the UK Government is due to hold "stakeholder" talks on the ebook crisis on 11th July. However, no one at #ebooksos has been invited, and our requests for further information about the meeting have been refused. We only found out about the meeting as a result of one of our supporters … Continue reading #ebooksos librarians frozen out of government ‘stakeholder’ talks on ‘solutions’ for the continuing ebook crisis

#ebooksos invited to Paris join Couperin Consortium for a study day on the ebook crisis

#ebooksos are excited to have been invited to Paris by Couperin Consortium (Unified Consortium of University and Research Institutions for Access to Digital Publication), the French equivalent of JISC, to take part in their 2022 ebook study day "The ebook, a digital object of transition" on July 4th. The resources and lobbying power large publishers … Continue reading #ebooksos invited to Paris join Couperin Consortium for a study day on the ebook crisis