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What we heard about eTextbooks at Talis Insight Europe 2016

Natalie Naik

During Talis Insight Europe 2016 we heard from key members of library management, publishers and our own Product Manager on eTextbooks; the challenges, the opportunities and what we should expect to see in the future. See the talks around eTextbooks here:

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On day one of Talis Insight Europe 2016 we held a discussion panel on eTextbooks, chaired by Caren Milloy, Deputy Director of JISC Collections. She was joined by Matthew Lawson, Head of Library and Learning Enhancement at Middlesex University, Jason Harper, Content Strategy Manager at Plymouth University, Andrew Barker, Head of Academic Liaison and Heritage Collections at the University of Liverpool, Dominic Broadhurst, Academic Engagement Manager at the University of Manchester, Martin Klopstock, Digital and Operations Director from publisher Kogan Page and Subroto Mozumdar, VP Digital Distribution Strategy from publisher Pearson.

Caren kicked off discussion by asking the question: “What do you think the key elements are of making the models already in place a success at the moment and in future?”.

See the eTextbooks panel in full here:




Later in the day, during breakout sessions we heard from Talis Product Manager, Keji Adedeji. Her talk was around why core eTextbooks are important and how Talis feeds into the library’s process.


She begins by explaining the importance of eTextbooks for students. Since the fee increase in the UK, students expectation of what they will get from the university has risen. Adding value to students by giving them additional resources, such as textbooks is seen as a key differentiator for student acquisition. For many institutions, giving students free resources as part of the course is about improving student experience and removing barriers for students from low income backgrounds.

Keji explains how talis feeds into the process of distributing these resources for students and how we can help the library in terms of providing technology that supports acquisition and delivery. See Keji’s slides here.

You can watch all of Keji’s talk, including examples of workflows here:



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