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 ====== NEWS ====== ====== NEWS ======
  
 +====== The e-textbook market ======
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 +[[https://​insights.uksg.org/​articles/​10.1629/​uksg.586/​|How the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated an e-book crisis and the #ebooksos campaign for reform.]]
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 +Anderson, Y. and McCauley, C. Insights, 35, p.13.  27 Jul 2022, DOI: http://​doi.org/​10.1629/​uksg.586
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 +"This article sets out the problems with the e-book market and the origins and work to date of #ebooksos, a librarian-led campaign for a fairer e-book market for libraries. While many of the issues identified predated the Covid-19 pandemic, the rapid pivot to remote teaching and learning and the subsequent change in working cultures it precipitated brought these issues to a head. The article is primarily about the academic context as the authors are academic librarians, but the e-book library crisis applies to all sectors and the #ebooksos campaign aims to represent them all. While it is recognized that change will take time, as with related change in areas such as open access and the movement of journals from print to online, this underlines, rather than diminishes, the need for the campaign to keep highlighting the problems and to work with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver an approach to e-books that is equitable and sustainable. The #ebooksos campaign is in its infancy and thus this article presents a snapshot of a work in progress at the vanguard of librarianship and information work".
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 +**[[https://​www.researchinformation.info/​analysis-opinion/​there-systemic-problem-ebooks|Is there a systemic problem with ebooks?]]**
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 +James Gray. Research Information. 23 May 2022.
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 +From the article: "The main concern librarians share with me is that buying a set number of eTextbook licenses, restricted to a single person, that expire after a year, is a lot more expensive than buying paper copies that can be re-used on a bookshelf. Similarly, students don’t always understand some of the restrictions on digital content, considering digital, by its very nature, as synonymous with quick and easy access. Students expect seamless online access to their course content that is both fair and affordable – and, ideally, free.Meanwhile,​ the primary issue for academic publishers is they can only continue to exist if they find a way to sell their intellectual property digitally for a price that covers their costs"​.
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 +**[[https://​wonkhe.com/​blogs/​where-next-for-the-e-textbook-market/​|Where next for the e-textbook market]]?**
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 +Price rises, changes in models, changes in student demand - the textbook market is still not working well. James Gray, Libby Homer, and Rod Bristow ask what will come next. Wonkhe 6 December 2021\\
 +[NOTE: This article was published in association with Kortext. The authors of this piece spoke at at [[https://​www.kortext.com/​blog/​kortext-winter-webinar-2021/​|Kortext’s “Winter Webinar”]] on 8 December.
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 +Extracts from the article:
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 +**James Gray, Kortext**: There’s broad agreement that the current digital textbook market is not working. It’s impossible to argue that huge price increases or multiple subscriptions are sustainable,​ or that models of procurement and collection development designed in a hard copy world will work when more and more libraries are moving to digital first strategies.
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 +**Libby Homer, Anglia Ruskin University: **And longer term there are more ambitious ideas in play. Driven in part by open access mandates around monographs, university presses are once again becoming major players – many providers are now publishing their own textbooks, and some of these are open access. This has also sparked conversations with academics – the people who write textbooks – about different approaches to their rights as authors.
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 +**Rod Bristow, formerly of Pearson: **At the same time, many students will continue to take control of their own learning and continue to buy resources they need to support it, themselves. The more that can be provided centrally the better, but I think student purchase will always be a part of the model, even alongside provider-level deals on e-resources.
 ===== Campaign to investigate the academic ebook market ===== ===== Campaign to investigate the academic ebook market =====
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 +from the **[[https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​|campaign to investigate the academic ebook market**]]**website\\
 +[[https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​|https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​]]
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 +[[https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​resources/​|Background reading]] (From the //campaign to investigate the academic ebook market// website (see above)\\
 +"This reading list provides some context to the ebook crisis in the UK and further afield"​
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 +**[[https://​www.jisc.ac.uk/​news/​joint-statement-on-access-to-e-book-and-e-textbook-content-06-oct-2021|Joint statement on access to e-book and e-textbook content]]**6 October 2021
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 +Extract from the statement: "​Together with other representatives and sector bodies, Jisc has pledged to help students and teachers in UK higher and further education to gain equitable and sustainable access to e-books, e-textbooks and related teaching content.
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 +Economic and technological changes in the current publishing market have led to libraries being increasingly excluded from, or priced out of, providing e-books and e-textbooks for students and library users. Many of the models and fees charged by publishers have either become prohibitively expensive, or libraries are no longer permitted to purchase these titles at all, creating an unsustainable situation"​
  
 [[https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​|Campaigntoinvestigatetheacademicebookmarket]] " <font 11pt/​Calibri,​sans-serif;;​inherit;;​inherit>​We are a group of academic librarians, researchers and university lecturers who have compiled an open letter asking the UK government to urgently investigate the academic publishing industry over its ebook pricing and licensing practices.The current situation is not working and it needs to change. Librarians are increasingly unable to provide the resources students, lecturers and researchers need."</​font>​ [[https://​academicebookinvestigation.org/​|Campaigntoinvestigatetheacademicebookmarket]] " <font 11pt/​Calibri,​sans-serif;;​inherit;;​inherit>​We are a group of academic librarians, researchers and university lecturers who have compiled an open letter asking the UK government to urgently investigate the academic publishing industry over its ebook pricing and licensing practices.The current situation is not working and it needs to change. Librarians are increasingly unable to provide the resources students, lecturers and researchers need."</​font>​
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 However, these issues are not new. The pandemic has brought the lack of availability of ebooks for institutional access, and the astronomical prices and restrictive licences under which those which are available can be procured, into sharp focus, but librarians have been dealing with this situation for a long time. Dialogue with publishers has been attempted, but it went nowhere useful. The investigation route was not a knee-jerk reaction to being unable to obtain the resources that we need for our students; it was the only option that those of us who set up the campaign could see remaining. However, these issues are not new. The pandemic has brought the lack of availability of ebooks for institutional access, and the astronomical prices and restrictive licences under which those which are available can be procured, into sharp focus, but librarians have been dealing with this situation for a long time. Dialogue with publishers has been attempted, but it went nowhere useful. The investigation route was not a knee-jerk reaction to being unable to obtain the resources that we need for our students; it was the only option that those of us who set up the campaign could see remaining.
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 +Anderson, J., Ayris, P., White, B. (2021) [[https://​blogs.lse.ac.uk/​impactofsocialsciences/​2021/​03/​17/​e-textbooks-scandal-or-market-imperative/​|E-Textbooks – scandal or market imperative?​]] LSE Impact. 17.03.21\\
 +UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship (2021) On Monday 15th March 2021, the UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship hosted a webinar in conjunction with Copyright4Knowledge that aimed to examine the acute difficulties for higher education and public libraries caused by publishers’ pricing and licensing practices and discuss some possible solutions.
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 +Ebooks: [[https://​blogs.ucl.ac.uk/​open-access/​2021/​03/​17/​ebooks-webinar/​|Scandal or Market Economics webinar – summary and links]]. Open@UCL. 15.03.21
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 +Fazackerley,​ A. (2021) [[https://​www.theguardian.com/​education/​2021/​jan/​29/​price-gouging-from-covid-student-ebooks-costing-up-to-500-more-than-in-print|'​Price gouging from Covid':​ student ebooks costing up to 500% more than in print]]. The Guardian. 29.1.21
  
 ====== Ebooks in HE : Overview ====== ====== Ebooks in HE : Overview ======
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 ==== Institution as e-textbook publisher ==== ==== Institution as e-textbook publisher ====
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 +[[https://​insights.uksg.org/​articles/​10.1629/​uksg.427/​print/​|Open textbooks – an untapped opportunity for universities colleges and schools]]. Insights. UKSG May 2018 [[https://​insights.uksg.org/​articles/​10.1629/​uksg.427/​print/​|https://​insights.uksg.org/​articles/​10.1629/​uksg.427/​print/​]]
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 +From the artcile: "The pilot phase of the UK Open Textbook project reached completion in April 2018. This article discusses the project, what open textbooks are, and why they are an untapped opportunity for universities,​ colleges and schools. The North American models of open textbook creation and uptake (adoption) are designed to help reduce university student financial worries and enhance learning opportunities,​ and provide much-needed resources for schools (or the K12 system in the US and Canada). The ability to repurpose books leads to innovative and engaging pedagogies including students as co-authors. Yet in the UK, the level of discussion and awareness of the opportunities afforded by open textbooks, and the existence of a small number of UK initiatives,​ is poor."
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 +"Given that many parts of the UK education sector are experiencing a textbook crisis, and given the levels of student debt, it is surprising that open textbooks have gained little traction here, and that they are entirely absent from government policy. ‘The UK needs to make a strategic response to the 2017 Ljubljana OER Action Plan set out by UNESCO’ to make publicly funded educational resources available to improve the learning experience for all."
  
 [[https://​www.jisc.ac.uk/​guides/​institution-as-e-textbook-publisher-toolkit|Institution as e-textbook publisher toolkit]] (Jisc) [[https://​www.jisc.ac.uk/​guides/​institution-as-e-textbook-publisher-toolkit|Institution as e-textbook publisher toolkit]] (Jisc)
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