Plymouth eBook Project
Phil Gee
the idea
• customer is the school, not its
students (core texts).
key benefits
• teach knowing ALL students can access
reading (anywhere)
• level playing field
• note sharing (for starters...
works well because
• books ‘belong’ to student*
• read anywhere, any time
• encourages ‘reading for a
degree’
current provision
subject (no. books)

subject (no. books)

psychology (23)

geography (5)

environmental sci (6)

biomedi...
good for publishers
• much more predictable
• multi-year deal cost and
market advantages
• universities less likely to
pir...
good for us
• we do our job more
effectively
• we have happy students
survey

Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded

any positive comments?

any nega...
survey

Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded

any positive comments?

any nega...
survey

102 first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded in May
2013

any positive comments?

any...
survey

102 first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded in May
2013

any positive comments?

any...
survey

Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded

any positive comments?

I like t...
survey conclusions
• students like the scheme
• the format (pdf or reflowable) makes a
difference
• 55% Psych Stage 1 had ...
goal: september 2014
• new Plymouth undergraduates get core
texts at start of course
• 120 programmes
• 450 modules
• 6700...
challenge: working with
academics
• herding cats would be easier
• decision: which available texts suitable?
• commit to s...
challenge: working with
publishers
• like herding partially-trained cats
• variation in digital & institutional
strategies...
challenge: working
together
• find ways to collect & share data
• focus on service not products
• clear and realistic pric...
final thoughts
• really exciting time in academic publishing
• opportunity to put quality (& enhanced?)
texts in to back p...
survey

eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded

print

I prefer studying from

3...
survey

eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded

yes

no

Have you bought any of ...
suppliers
Sage
Pearson
Hodder
Cengage
McGraw Hill
Taylor & Francis
Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? - Phill Gee - OWD13
Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? - Phill Gee - OWD13
Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? - Phill Gee - OWD13
Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? - Phill Gee - OWD13
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Titel: Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? Good practice van Plymouth University
Sprekers: Phil Gee (Plymouth University), Winny van Rijswijk (CB), Pim Slot (SURFmarket)

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  • Background
    less on pricing
    benefits to students
    challenges in setting up
    vision for future
    30 mins plus Q&A
  • Wat is de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books? - Phill Gee - OWD13

    1. 1. Plymouth eBook Project Phil Gee
    2. 2. the idea • customer is the school, not its students (core texts).
    3. 3. key benefits • teach knowing ALL students can access reading (anywhere) • level playing field • note sharing (for starters ... nexus for educational tech) • frees up library resources.
    4. 4. works well because • books ‘belong’ to student* • read anywhere, any time • encourages ‘reading for a degree’
    5. 5. current provision subject (no. books) subject (no. books) psychology (23) geography (5) environmental sci (6) biomedical Sciences (7) marine biology (5) biological Sciences (5) earth sciences (4) maths & statistics (12) computing (8) accountancy (3).
    6. 6. good for publishers • much more predictable • multi-year deal cost and market advantages • universities less likely to pirate their stuff
    7. 7. good for us • we do our job more effectively • we have happy students
    8. 8. survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments? any negative comments? I think its a fantastic scheme. Instead of having to lug around heavy books every day, I can read all of the books and make my own personal notes and highlight onto both of my laptops and take them everywhere with only the need for a small bag (as I have a netbook laptop). Its very accessible and its even better that apart from whilst downloading the books, the internet is not even needed. Fantastic!
    9. 9. survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments? any negative comments? Puts everyone at an advantage right from the beginning of the course and not only the people who can afford books. saves waiting in an endless waiting its harder to read alot on a list for a book. easily computer screen i feel it accessed and portable. strains my eyes more than a paper book
    10. 10. survey 102 first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded in May 2013 any positive comments? any negative comments? Very useful, particularly for Have none. I think this was a students lacking the resources great initiative. to acquire the books in print, which can be very expensive. Also, as university courses become increasingly grounded in digital media, the ebooks scheme was a good way to roll with the times.
    11. 11. survey 102 first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded in May 2013 any positive comments? any negative comments? I find it much easier to read from my computer/phone as Im much more used to reading articles etc. online than I am to reading books. Also, not having to physically carry around the books makes things much easier for me. Making notes and highlighting is also much easier, as is searching for these. Searching for specific terms is also far easier with an eBook.
    12. 12. survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments? I like the on line tutorials on the e books they help me. Also I prefer to read e books in bed as I can make the print bigger and I dont drop it on my chihuihua dog, like i do with normal books. any negative comments? i found it odd reading books from a computer screen but soon got used to it. I do prefer the printed books but want to get more used to the e books. Also they are really good for the environment.
    13. 13. survey conclusions • students like the scheme • the format (pdf or reflowable) makes a difference • 55% Psych Stage 1 had heard of scheme prior to joining us. Of these, 44% said that eBooks had influenced their decision. • we need to do some training
    14. 14. goal: september 2014 • new Plymouth undergraduates get core texts at start of course • 120 programmes • 450 modules • 6700 students.
    15. 15. challenge: working with academics • herding cats would be easier • decision: which available texts suitable? • commit to several years? • email isn’t enough • a new cost.
    16. 16. challenge: working with publishers • like herding partially-trained cats • variation in digital & institutional strategies • variation in pricing policy • RRP RIP?.
    17. 17. challenge: working together • find ways to collect & share data • focus on service not products • clear and realistic pricing
    18. 18. final thoughts • really exciting time in academic publishing • opportunity to put quality (& enhanced?) texts in to back pockets • chance to develop new partnerships & ways of thinking about content.
    19. 19. survey eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded print I prefer studying from 36% combinaeBooks tion 6% 58%.
    20. 20. survey eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded yes no Have you bought any of the books in the bundle in print form? 52% 48% Did you buy books on the supplementary reading lists? 29% 71%.
    21. 21. suppliers Sage Pearson Hodder Cengage McGraw Hill Taylor & Francis

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