Students and universities set to reap the benefits of market-leading e-book pilot

Pearson and Jisc are today announcing a year-long pilot that will make e-books more readily accessible to students across UK higher education (HE). The agreement, between Pearson (the world’s leading higher education publishing company) and Jisc (the UK’s provider of digital solutions for education and research) is based on extensive engagement and feedback from members of Jisc, and follows six months of open and constructive dialogue between Jisc and Pearson.

From this month, Jisc member institutions are able to sign up to their chosen model giving them access to whole of Pearson’s world-class higher education e-textbook collection.

Under the agreement, Jisc members can select from a range of usage models, giving students and institutions increased flexibility to access content in ways that best meet their needs and circumstances. Jisc members can choose from a library subscription with unlimited concurrent usage, or a subscription with limited concurrent usage, being able to select a combination that works best for them. Under both models, Jisc member institutions will benefit from tiered discounts, and transparent pricing, in line with Jisc’s band model already favoured by institutions.

The importance of digital in today’s learning landscape was recently reinforced by Jisc’s student digital experience tracker, which found that approximately three-quarters of students (78% of HE and 72% for FE and skills) produce work in a digital format. Furthermore, 72% of HE and 70% of FE and skills learners believe that when technology is used effectively by teaching staff it enhances their learning experience. E-books, therefore, can play a fundamental role in the average student’s learning experience.

Caren Milloy, deputy director of Jisc Collections said:

“The announcement of this pilot agreement marks the culmination of a year of hard work and negotiation between Jisc Collections, university libraries and Pearson. During the pilot we will work collaboratively with Pearson and higher education institutions to evaluate the viability of these two models and to see if the terms of use meet student expectations. This is a critical first step towards developing an affordable offer to help institutions provide equity of access to high demand textbook content.”

Andy Moss, senior vice-president for higher education at Pearson said:

“We are delighted to announce this pilot agreement with Jisc member institutions. As a company, Pearson is committed to helping people make progress in their lives through learning, and to working with partners across the education system who share that same goal. It’s in that spirit that we have worked collaboratively with Jisc to develop the terms of this pilot, one that we believe offers real choice, flexibility and value to Jisc’s members.”


About Jisc

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.

We operate:

  • shared digital infrastructure and services
  • negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and
  • provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

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About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.

Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

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