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1 Phil Gee School of Psychology, Plymouth University

2 I cannot begin to tell you how happy this makes me! At 27 I am no longer prone to jumping up and down with excitement, but this made me want to jump out of my seat and make silly girly noises!

3 the idea Textbooks are splendid things Let’s get students using them I choose & provide Customer is school, not student.

4 eBooks in Psychology Stage1 deal in 2011:12 Cengage texts cover all core lectures Spans 4 intakes ( ) plus 40 staff.

5 eBooks in Psychology Stage 2 deal in 2012:11texts covering all core lectures Pearson, Wiley, Sage, Palgrave & Cengage Spans 3 intakes ( ) plus 40 staff.

6 benefits Delighted students & parents (print copies £900+) Teach knowing ALL students can access reading (anywhere) Note sharing - social and dynamic.

7 benefits level playing field frees up library resources encourages ‘reading for a degree’.

8 works well because books ‘belong’ to student anywhere, any time reliable platform.

9 survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments?any negative comments? The ebook scheme is fabulous! Aside from the huge amount of money it saved me, the ebooks are so much more accessible than the hard copies. Just the fact I can carry twelve textbooks round with on my phone and iPad... I can read during the commute the uni and even whilst Im cuing to pay for my groceries. Similarly the search facilities are so much more effective, book marking and highlighting and especially being able to see what and where your peers have highlighted their copies. Ive never used ebooks before and in all honesty I typically find reading a bit of a chore, but having the ebooks really has made a world of difference. Thank you!

10 survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments?any negative comments? Puts everyone at an advantage right from the beginning of the course and not only the people who can afford books. saves waiting in an endless waiting list for a book. easily accessed and portable. its harder to read alot on a computer screen i feel it strains my eyes more than a paper book

11 survey Eighty-six first-year Psychology undergraduates at Plymouth University responded any positive comments?any negative comments? I like the on line tutorials on the e books they help me. Also I prefer to read e books in bed as I can make the print bigger and I dont drop it on my chihuihua dog, like i do with normal books. i found it odd reading books from a I do prefer the printed books but want to get more used to the e books. Also they are really good for the environment. computer screen but soon got used to it

12 2012 project Second Year Psychology Environmental Science Marine Biology Earth Sciences Computing Geography.

13 2012 project Sage Pearson Hodder Cengage McGraw Hill Taylor & Francis Prentice Hall Wiley Blackwell Palgrave Macmillan.

14 survey Five hundred and four undergraduates at Plymouth University responded printeBooks combina -tion I prefer studying from29%10%61%.

15 survey Five hundred and four undergraduates at Plymouth University responded yesno Have you bought any of the books in the bundle in print form? 15%85% Did you buy books on the supplementary reading lists? 31%69%.

16 survey One hundred and one second and third year students surveyed post exam or online. Mean (standard deviation) Total New New (shop) New (online) Second Hand How many books did you buy in your first year? 3.63 (2.46) 2.49 (1.98) 1.04 (1.64) 0.80 (1.37) Mean price on Amazon = £31.83 (£13.27)

17 good for publisher much more predictable multi-year deal cost and market advantages universities less likely to pirate their stuff

18 good for universities we can do our job more effectively we have happy students

19 lessons I: working with academics herding cats would be easier decision: which available texts suitable? commit to several years? won’t do need to start early.

20 lessons I: working with academics committee = slow death.

21 lessons II: working with publishers like herding poorly-trained cats variation in pricing policy not always easy to get the idea across unit = book.

22 lessons III: working together we need a Jess and a Jeni, plus clear and attractive pricing policies or publishers need to develop offers: work with universities and/or distributors.

23 final thoughts really exciting time in academic publishing we could get quality texts to students when & wherever wanted and build habitual reading but must build new relationships & new ways of thinking about content....


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