Wednesday, June 20, 2007

JISC National E-books Observatory UK HE Consultation

Deadline Wednesday 18th July

The JISC national e-books observatory project aims to license for 2 YEARS ONLY collections of e-books that are core texts for UK HE taught course students in the following subject areas:

• Engineering
• Medicine (excluding mental health and nursing
• Media Studies
• Business and Management

JISC will fund publishers to make available a selection of their core e-books to ALL HE institutions FREE for the duration of the project (2 years). We have received a number of proposals from publishers and aggregators and each proposal included a list of e-books, but we need your expertise to identify which e-books are core texts and which will best support your students. We need to know this so that we can license the best e-books and create a CORE COLLECTION in each subject area.

To take part in the consultation please:

1. Read the introduction at:

2. Rank the e-books that are core texts for your taught course students in the 4 subject areas. Please follow the instructions provided at

3. Feedback about platform functionality, standards compliance etc. This will inform the licensing negotiations. Submit your feedback on these questions using the online form at

Please do take part in the consultation. If you have any questions please contact JISC Collections on

For further information on the project please see

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