Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ An e-textbook scandal rocks Antigua

Stephen Downes

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There's no shortage of e-textbook companies willing to prey on the smaller and poorer nations of the world, it seems. Here we have a case where e-textbooks were bought from FortunaPix for $9 million, but where they levied "an additional licensing fee of US$250 for every eBook user per year." That is a lot of money for textbooks. The UNESCO authors note that "the 2017/8 GEM Report on accountability dedicated a whole chapter to the need to hold private actors to account in education." They add, "Antigua, we showed, is not the only country to fall prey to issues of this kind... many such initiatives have benefited vendors, not students, owing to poor procurement and contract enforcement."

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