Purchasing academic ebooks is not as straightforward as one might think. Models that people might be used to, for example Kindle ebooks, are not available for academic institutions. Below are some key points regarding the purchase of academic ebooks.
To a user, an e-textbook is very much the same as an ebook, but the purchasing model for this resource is very different and typically is much more expensive. The cost of an etextbooks is usually calculated using a basic cost, which is then multiplied by the number of students expected on the module(s) the book is to be used on (e.g. if there were 100 students on a module and the basic cost for the book was set at £30, then access to the etextbook would be £30 x 100 students = £3000). This is an annual fee and we do not own the content.
In some instances we can investigate the option of obtaining an etextbook if a standard ebook is not available. This is not as straightforward or as quick as purchasing a standard ebook.
If we cannot obtain an ebook for your course we will annotate your reading list to indicate this. Please contact your Information Consultant if you wish to explore the option of an etextbook for your course.