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Call for participation: Institution as e-textbook publisher

Deadline for proposal submission: 5 March 2014

We are today releasing a new call inviting UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) to participate in a three year national project to explore the viability of institutions becoming e-textbook publishers.

The project is looking to assess the following question:

Will the institution as e-textbook creator help students by providing a more affordable higher education, and promote a better, more sustainable information environment for libraries, students and faculty?

To participate in this call, bidders are required to:

  • Read the call documentation carefully
  • Submit a proposal that meets the requirements as listed in the call. This includes a project plan, risk register, budget and documentation to demonstrate your team’s skills and expertise.

Given that the focus of this call is on colleges and universities becoming publishers of e-textbooks, all bids must be led by one or more FECs or HEIs. To be clear, it is possible for institutions to group together to collaborate. In addition, FECs/HEIs bidding may subcontract parts of the work to other bodies (such as a university press, open access publisher, open source technology developer etc).

Successful bidders will be required to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and experience of current and recent e-textbook practice and developments in the UK and elsewhere in the context of current pedagogic practice
  • produce two e-textbooks with appropriate functionality
  • document and cost the processes and staffing required to produce them
  • release and disseminate the e-textbooks using a specific business and licensing model
  • provide reports at the end of each year
  • participate in the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and results to the UK education sector

How to submit a proposal:

  • Read through the Call for participation: Operational Requirement and the annexes
  • All bidders must register intent to submit a bid by emailing procurement@ja.net
  • All clarifications must be raised via procurement@ja.net
  • Submit your proposal by 5 March 2014 at procurement@ja.net

Download the Call for participation and annexes below:

We do hope that you will take this opportunity to participate in this new project.

Kind Regards

Caren Milloy, Head of Projects

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For further information on this call, please email procurement@ja.net