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Leveling the playing field:
the Plymouth eBook Project
Phil Gee
Plymouth University
Winner
2013
I wouldn’t start from here
September 2014
•Focus on new undergraduates
•80% of programmes
•7000 Students
•26,000 books.
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’.
good for publishers
•much more predictable
•multi-year deal cost and
market advantages
•universities less likely to
pirate...
good for us
•we do our job more
effectively
•we have happy students.
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...
pgee@plymouth.ac.uk
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Levelling the playing field: eBooks project at Plymouth University

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Phil Gee from Plymouth University presents at Talis Insight 2015

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Levelling the playing field: eBooks project at Plymouth University

  1. 1. Leveling the playing field: the Plymouth eBook Project Phil Gee Plymouth University Winner 2013
  2. 2. I wouldn’t start from here
  3. 3. September 2014 •Focus on new undergraduates •80% of programmes •7000 Students •26,000 books.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. works well because • books ‘belong’ to student* • read anywhere, any time • encourages ‘reading for a degree’.
  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. 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.
  9. 9. challenge: working with publishers • like herding partially-trained cats • variation in digital & institutional strategies • variation in pricing policy • RRP RIP?.
  10. 10. challenge: working together • find ways to collect & share data • focus on service not products • clear and realistic pricing.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. pgee@plymouth.ac.uk

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