e-books for FE February 2021 newsletter

Welcome to the February 2021 issue of our e-books for FE newsletter.

Usage of our e-books was high again in January, with an increase of 51% over January 2020. It has been a record-breaking quarter, and we thank all colleges for their commitment to promoting the collection.

We welcome two new subscribers who joined us in December: St Dominic’s 6th Form College in Harrow, and Ada National College for Digital Skills in London.

Top 200 users for Q2 (November 2020 – January 2021)

The spreadsheet with the Top 200 users for Q2 is now available for download on the support site:


The top 10 users for the quarter, by number of user sessions, are as follows:

Rank Institution User sessions
1 Varndean College 9436
2 New City College 8860
3 LTE Group 8356
4 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 7614
5 West Nottinghamshire College 6972
6 The WKCIC Group 6878
7 Godalming College 6491
8 Middlesbrough College 6428
9 Hereford Sixth Form 6090
10 HCUC – Harrow College & Uxbridge College 5999

e-books in the news

In January, the Guardian newspaper published a lengthy article on the increasingly prohibitive cost of e-books. Although the focus is the HE sector, the issues raised are also applicable to FE. It is available online at the following link:


e-book demonstrations

Over the past two months, Service Co-ordinator Andrew Jackson has been giving a significant number of e-book demonstrations to curriculum staff and library staff. At Jisc we are aware that it is often challenging to reach curriculum staff as a cohort in order to promote digital resources: very often it is left to individuals to engage with blended learning opportunities or not, and the take-up of e-books can be variable as a result.

If you feel it would be of benefit to have an e-book demonstration for curriculum staff, student support staff, or the Head of Teaching & Learning at your college, please email your Account Manager with some suggested dates and any specific requirements, and they will arrange a Teams session with Andrew.

Demonstrations typically last 30 minutes, with Q&A afterwards.

There is also a Top Tips page for curriculum staff on the e-book support site:


Likewise, if you are a new subscriber to e-books for FE, or if you are new in post and uncertain how best to manage e-books within your library system or VLE, please contact your Account Manager if you would like an online Q&A session with Andrew.

Top 20 users in January 2021

Well done to all organisations who reached a spot in the top 20.

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 New City College London 3227
2 LTE Group 3068
3 Varndean College 2941
4 Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 2773
5 West Nottinghamshire College 2755
6 The WKCIC Group 2684
7 Farnborough Sixth Form College 2650
8 Godalming College 2460
9 Hereford Sixth Form College 2314
10 Middlesbrough College 2199
11 HCUC – Harrow College & Uxbridge College 1878
12 Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group 1837
13 Richard Huish College 1752
14 South Thames College 1714
15 Coleg Cambria 1698
16 York College 1692
17 Grwp Llandrillo Menai 1682
18 The College of Richard Collyer 1588
19 Milton Keynes College 1534
20 Neath Port Talbot College 1525

Mergers: If your organisation has recently merged with another, ProQuest may not have the most current merger information and your merger may not be reflected in the usage data. Please check with ProQuest and request that they update your account to reflect the merger. Their e-book support contact address is: ebooksupport@proquest.com

Top 20 titles in January 2021

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 9634
2 CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator 7381
3 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1 5410
4 BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1 3864
5 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 3760
6 AQA A Level Biology (Year 1 and Year 2) 3585
7 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1 : For the 2016 specifications 3577
8 BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 2 2952
9 BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 1 2753
10 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications 2672
11 Anatomy and Physiology (5th edition) 2240
12 OCR Sociology for A Level 2123
13 AQA A-level Psychology Book 1 : For A-level Year 1 and AS 2115
14 Psychology: the Science of Mind and Behaviour (8th Edition) 2081
15 CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 2076
16 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications 2044
17 AQA A-level Psychology Book 2 1655
18 AQA A-Level Geography : For A-level and AS – Fourth Edition 1627
19 AQA A-level Sociology : Book 2 1618
20 OCR AS/A Level Law Book 1 1586

Support queries

Email: content.feandskills@jisc.ac.uk
Website: https://support.ebooksforfe.jisc.ac.uk/

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