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:
- Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)
- BUFDG: British Universities Finance Directors Group
- CILIP: The library and information association
- National Acquisitions Group (NAG)
- Procurement bodies including Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)
- Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
- Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL)
- Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL)
- The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF)