The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has awarded Kortext, a UK personalised e-textbook provider, a global agreement for books, ebooks, standing orders and related materials.
SUPC, a membership-based buying organisation for the higher education sector, named Kortext in a global agreement that allows members access to a range of book related products, including ebooks for library use, and etextbooks. The agreement, which is one of the largest of its kind, and is worth an estimated £90 million per year, will run until July 2019 and covers content purchases for individual departments, right through to whole libraries.
Kortext is already working with more than 40 UK universities. The inclusion in the framework of etextbook provision on a 1:1 basis for students reflects the rising popularity of schemes similar to those launched at the University of Plymouth, Middlesex University and the University of East London. A further signal that the ‘digital first’ policies of universities and libraries is starting to gain significant momentum whilst institutions are prioritising the student learning experience.
Andy Alferovs, MD at Kortext, said: 'Being named as an etextbook provider was fantastic. We have been working exceptionally hard this year to improve in areas, within both business and platform, that we felt we could further enhance. That hard work has paid off both for the learners who use our platform today and the institutional and publisher partners we are working so closely with.'