e-books for FE Newsletter

e-books for FE April 2022 newsletter

Welcome to the April issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. Usage of e-books continues to rise, with a 7% increase in March 2022 compared to March 2021: an all-time high for March usage since Jisc e-books have been available.

e-book procurement 2022

The procurement Focus Group, comprising 15 members of FE library staff from across the UK, will be convening on Thursday 7 April to discuss the results of their voting on the new titles offered by ProQuest (who broker a range of publishers) and Pearson (who submit separately). A total of 1,288 new titles have been offered, breaking down into three lots as follows:

  • Lot 1 – AS/A Level = 479
  • Lot 2 – Vocational = 683
  • Lot 3 – GCSE/Nationals = 126

There are also 155 titles due to expire on 31 August this year, so we will be considering renewals of those with high usage and continuing relevance, either for a single year or for a further three years.

Publishers did respond to our request for titles in three particular areas, following feedback in January from the FE library community, i.e. ESOL, T Levels, and land-based subjects.

After the 7 April discussion, Pete Collins and Andrew Jackson will review the longlist and begin the process of aligning the priority choices with the available budget, which is the same as last year.

Top 20 users in March 2022

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

Rank Organisation User sessions
1 New City College London 7228
2 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 3880
3 South Thames College 3863
4 The Sixth Form College Farnborough 3212
5 Varndean College 2787
6 The Trafford College Group 2466
7 Hereford Sixth Form 2092
8 East Kent College Group 2055
9 Newcastle and Staffordshire College Group 2054
10 West Herts College 2053
11 Truro and Penwith College 2012
12 West Nottinghamshire College 1998
13 Bedford College 1924
14 LTE Group 1872
15 Richard Huish College 1678

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:

Top 20 titles in March 2022

Rank Title User sessions
1 CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 13877
2 CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education: Early Years Educator 8736
3 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1 7018
4 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 1: For the 2016 Specifications 6475
5 BTEC Nationals Applied Science Student Book 1 5341
6 BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 : For the 2016 specifications 5129
7 BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2: For the 2016 Specifications 4550
8 CACHE Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 3915
9 AQA A-Level Business 3781
10 CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner 3479
11 BTEC Nationals Information Technology Student Book 2688
12 BTEC National Construction Student Book: For the 2017 Specifications 2602
13 BTEC Nationals Sport and Exercise Science Student Book 2591
14 AQA A-Level Geography: For A-level and AS (4th edition) 2500
15 AQA A-Level Biology (Year 1 and Year 2) 2138
16 OCR Psychology for A-Level Book 1 1912
17 BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2 1786
18 BTEC National Applied Law Student Book : For the 2017 Specifications 1651
19 Psychology: the Science of Mind and Behaviour (8th edition) 1578
20 CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator: for the Work-Based Learner 1465

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