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Related projects and reports

Previous Projects

Jisc Collections has engaged in a number of current and past projects related to e-books. For example, it has successfully negotiated a number of e-book licensing agreements for UK HE and FE. It has also undertaken a range of research projects into e-books in education and research, including the Jisc National E-books Observatory Project and the Migrating to E in Further Education report.

Jisc Collections has made attempts to research the potential for business models for e-textbook publishing that offer equity of access to libraries whilst at the same time generating sufficient revenues for publishers. No single successful model has been found. In particular, Jisc Collection's e-textbook Business Models Study which piloted several potential models, suggested that replacing direct-to-student sales with centralised library provision of e-textbooks would not be considered viable by many publishers.

Jisc reports

Jisc has undertaken some significant work in the area of e-books. Two key pieces of work include the 2012 report on Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of E-books in Education and the Challenge of E-books in Academic Institutions report from May 2013.

The Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of E-books in Education  report provides an overview of the most popular e-book technologies and examines how e-books are being adopted and used in teaching and learning. It also covers issues around digital rights, authentication and authorisation that arise with new technologies.

The Challenge of E-books in Academic Institutions project aimed to “help orientate senior institutional managers...…and to support institutions in the effective adoption and deployment of e-books and e-book technology.” One of the key themes of the project was the “creation” of e-books and the case studies provided some examples of the challenges institutions face in creating their own e-books, including skills gaps and accessibility. The project produced an infographic to represent the various elements and challenges.

Last updated: March 2016