May 21, 2022

New Online From SPARC: Automatic Textbook Billing Contract Library


Today, SPARC released a new resource to help equip institutions to examine the fine print behind automatic textbook billing programs, also known as “Inclusive Access.” The Automatic Textbook Billing Contract Library offers a structured analysis of more than 70 contracts with major vendors obtained through public records requests from 37 institutions in 24 states. The original contracts and their analysis is now available for download on the SPARC website.

SPARC began developing this resource in response to our increasing concern over the growth of “Inclusive Access,” a model designed to automatically charge students for digital textbooks through tuition and fees. Major publishers and bookstore chains have been marketing this model in the name of textbook affordability, but there are widespread concerns over the short-term and long-term negative repercussions for students.

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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.