SCONUL and partner organisations raise concerns about Pearson price increase - Thu, 13 Jan 2022


SCONUL, RLUK, Jisc and our partner organisations have written to publishers Pearson, asking them to take urgent and immediate action to reconsider and reverse their recently - announced price increases to e-textbook titles.


These significant and unbudgeted increases, announced suddenly and without consultation, are unacceptable to UK education institutions and their students.  The letter makes the following points:

  • Price increases of this magnitude (500%) will limit student access to content
  • Bringing pricing in line with the market rate is unjustified and reflects an imbalance in the marketplace, as outlined in our recently published joint statement signed by UK sector partners
  • The price rise imposed with immediate effect represents a significant and unbudgeted increase
  • The timing of the price increase is wrong.  As a minimum requirement, we requested that Pearson delay the roll out of price increases, at least until the start of the next academic year 2022-23.

In addition to SCONUL the letter has been signed by:

Further information

Read the full letter to Pearson, Higher Education Services (PDF)

Joint statement 6 October 2021 on access to e-book and e-textbook content