In January and February 2008 JISC Collections is running 11 workshops across the UK as part of the JISC national e-books observatory project.
It is no secret that the multiplicity of models, pricing options and access routes to e-books is over complicated and confusing. Not only is it difficult to decide what pricing model and access route is best suited to your institution, but it is also difficult to understand why the publisher places such a high value on an e-book and at the same demands licensing that restricts the real value from being achieved.
The 11 workshops will provide an update on the national e-books observatory and use examples from the project to show how publishers valued their e-books. Attendees will then have the opportunity to discuss what they consider the value of e-books to be in terms of pricing, impact on teaching and learning, what they consider good value and what pricing models would reflect this value. The afternoon session of the workshop will focus on addressing the question of what would need to happen for libraries to give up reliance on print texts and adopt e-books.
Further details can be found here.