Jisc Now Offers Digital Textbooks

Digital library vendor Jisc has found a back door to shove institutional- or site-licensed digital textbooks through.

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Last week Jisc announced a partnership with Bibliotech, the next doomed digital textbook startup, to license digital textbooks to college libraries.

Bibliotech, coined by its founders as ‘the Spotify of textbooks’, has been selected as a preferred e-textbook supplier in the UK. A shortlisted entrant in our edtech startup competition this year, Bibliotech negotiates with publishers on behalf of its users - be they students or academics - and via a web app, provide access to core textbooks for as little as £2.99 a month.

Bibliotech was named as one of the recommended suppliers for e-textbooks in the Joint Consortia Framework Agreement for Books, which launches today. UK higher education institutions may purchase their e-books, standing orders and related materials via this framework agreement which provides compliance under EU procurement directives.

David Sherwood, CEO at Bibliotech, commented,

“We’re very pleased to be appointed as a supplier on the Joint Consortia Framework Agreement not long after Bibliotech launched in September 2016.

We offer e-textbooks under a unique subscription business model and look forward to partnering with libraries in England and Wales to provide a sustainable library focused model for electronic textbook delivery.”

I have previously explained in detail why site licenses are not in the best interests of students or schools, so I won't repeat them here. I will note, though, that I found over the past few months that many librarians shared my views on site licenses.

they think it is a terrible value for students, so while Jisc may have found a back door for licensing digital textbooks, it is a door that few librarians are going to open.

image by Mr.Thomas

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Allen F7 August, 2017

    Anything they can do to steal an extra buck out of someone else’s pocket …


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