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    How the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated an e-book crisis and the #ebooksos campaign for reform

    Anderson, Yohanna and McCauley, Cathal (2022) How the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated an e-book crisis and the #ebooksos campaign for reform. UKSG Insights, 35 (13). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2048-7754

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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.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic; e-book crisis; #ebooksos campaign;
    Academic Unit: University Library
    Item ID: 17422
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    Depositing User: Cathal McCauley
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 10:32
    Journal or Publication Title: UKSG Insights
    Publisher: UK Serials Group
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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