Librarians throw the E-book at publishers

They could be a textbook case for helping students but the Council of Australian University Librarians has problems with e-books from some publishers

In advice to academics CAUL warns them to watch publishers for issues, including;

* “restrictive access models for libraries with limited numbers of simultaneous users being able to access a single text”

* eBooks only available for 12 to 72 hours

* publishing e-versions months after the print edition

* needed books sold in bundles with ones that aren’t

There’s a bunch more, but you get the idea.

CAUL adds, “publishers need to provide multiple and flexible options for purchase to meet the diverse needs of individual institutions.”