PRESS RELEASE : Librarians head to DfE headquarters to protest ebook scandal

protest details - 11th July, 2022, 10am-1pm - Great Smith Street, London Yohanna Anderson, founder of #ebooksos, is heading to London on 11th July to protest outside the Department of Education (DfE) headquarters and calls on librarians, academics and students to join her. For over two years #ebooksos has been campaigning to secure a full … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE : Librarians head to DfE headquarters to protest ebook scandal

#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

#ebooksos visits Copenhagen to present to League of European Research Universities : a brief write up

On March 30th Yohanna travelled to the the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen, at the invite of League of European Research Universities (LERU) Information Group, to talk to them about the #ebooksos campaign   The Black Diamond, Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen #ebooksos is a UK based grassroots campaign, founded by Yohanna, in response to academic publishers … Continue reading #ebooksos visits Copenhagen to present to League of European Research Universities : a brief write up

Library ebooks crisis worsens as academic publishing reports 14% increase in profits from UK market

written by Anthony Sinnott, Access and Procurement Development Manager, University of York , Image from annual earnings report on the @PublishersAssoc Twitter feed and shared by @LizzieGadd The Publishers Association presents the increase in business and revenues reported in the image above as a positive achievement, which is absolutely reasonable considering their perspective. When looking into … Continue reading Library ebooks crisis worsens as academic publishing reports 14% increase in profits from UK market

Statement of support for Simon James Green

The #ebooksos campaign was appalled to hear of the cancellation of an author visit by Simon James Green at a Catholic School in London by Southwark Archdiocese, who cited this event as being “outside the scope of what is permissible in a Catholic school”. Mr Green is an accomplished and award-winning children’s author whose books … Continue reading Statement of support for Simon James Green

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