The Spotify of the textbook world takes off as Bibliotech is go

JISC, Aug 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Before using something like Spotify as an analogy, it is always best to make sure they aren't in danger of going bankrupt during your press announcement period. The idea here is that Bibliotech provides a textbook marketplace for students, negotiating collectively with publishers, and provides textbook rentals "for as little as £2.99 a month" per title. But there are some big differences. Spotify provides access, while in Bibliotech students purchase access to "bespoke e-textbook packages which match institutions' reading lists." Prices are determined by the publisher. Rentals are for 12-month periods. I expect to read a study in three years saying that savings were minimal or negligible. 

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