May 27, 2022

Academic Libraries: “Pearson Woes Deepen Over UK Ebook Price Row”

From The Telegraph:

The beleaguered education giant Pearson faces a crisis in its British universities business after it imposed steep price rises on academic libraries.

A string of leading universities have stopped buying the FTSE 100 company’s teaching materials in a row over charges for ebooks, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

The price hikes have prompted Britain’s leading academic library bodies, the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) and Research Libraries UK, to write to Pearson chief executive John Fallon to appeal for a reverse in policy.

The company’s UK higher education unit told universities in August that it would impose steep price rises, including some of more than 100-fold, on library purchases of their ebooks.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.