E-books can be fantastic resources, often providing instant, remote access to academic literature at the point of need. The Library is committed to providing as many e-books as possible, with due regard to accessibility and value for money. However the availability, licencing and pricing landscape is complicated and is in need of regulation. SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) has launched a position paper calling for immediate action from publishers and aggregators to introduce a more sustainable pricing model for e-books and e-textbooks. For an overview of the issues please refer to the JISC briefing for academic staff and the #ebookSOS campaign.
Read our blog post giving an overview of some of the issues we face when providing access to e-books.
The issues are brought to life in this one minute animated video from the #ebookSOS campaign:
We often buy large subject collections of e-books, like online reference and research books. These tend to have fewer restrictions than the e-books we buy individually and usually allow unlimited access. Some example collections are shown below. To see those recommended for different subjects please refer to 'Resources for your Subject' linked from the library home page.