Barriers to educational ebook resources have long been a cause of concern for librarians. In the UK this concern was heightened during the 2020 lockdown, when many university campuses closed and students were forced to study remotely, resulting in an almost total reliance on digital resources. Whilst some publishers temporarily made their collections freely available, others raised prices and restricted licences even further.
Frustrated by the excessive costs, increasingly restrictive licensing and bundling models, 3 academic librarians in the UK launched a campaign calling for an investigation into ebook publishing. Over 4,500 people have since signed the open letter, and there has been cross-sector and international support for the campaign. The UK Competition and Markets Authority are considering investigating.
Join Yohanna Anderson (University of Gloucestershire), Caroline Ball (University of Derby) and Rachel Bickley (London Metropolitan University), at 6pm GMT on Tuesday 16th November to hear about the campaign's achievements thus far and future plans, and take part in a discussion of how you might be able to challenge the publishing industry in your region. Access to information is a global problem and is one we can only address together.