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Tackling accessibility of print books for students

Learning technology provider, BibliU, and book, film and music wholesaler, Gardners, have partnered to provide university students with printed books.

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Students can spend between £450 and £1070 on printed resources during university

Gardners’ fulfilment service will allow universities to offer print textbook options through BibliU, as well as BibliU’s Learning Enablement platform which provides digital textbooks.

Through the Learning Enablement platform, universities and students can access millions of digital learning resources from thousands of publishers.

There has been an ongoing shift to digital over the years which was accelerated due to the pandemic. However, BibliU and Gardners both recognise there is still a need for printed books as a result of accessibility and differing learning needs.

Many students find the price of printed book resources to be expensive during studies and are often required to purchase multiple books throughout the duration of the course.

By working with Gardners, we hope to be able to further improve the accessibility of learning resources for students

According to BibliU, the price of print learning materials has risen by 1,041% since 1977, with the average student predicted to spend between £450 and £1,070 for books and equipment each year.

The Learning Enablement platform addresses this by modernising the procurement, distribution and experience of digital textbooks and learning materials in the university market.

According to the company its technology integrates with university libraries to automate content workflows, making resources more affordable.

Giovanni Russillo, director of EMEA sales at BibliU, says: “At BibliU, we are driven to create a more efficient and effective learning experience which benefits everyone, from students and academics to institutions and publishers.

“By working with Gardners, we hope to be able to further improve the accessibility of learning resources for students. No student should find their educational needs are not being met because of their finances or their individual learning requirements.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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