Kortext appointed to eTextbook Categories in SUPC Agreement as Universities Go ‘Digital First’
by Roberta Nicora

The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) has awarded Kortext, the UK’s leading digital learning platform and etextbooks provider, to a new global agreement for books, ebooks, standing orders and related materials.

SUPC, a membership-based buying organisation for the higher education sector has named Kortext in a new global agreement which 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 from 1st August 2017 - 31st July 2019 and covers content purchases for individual departments, right through to whole libraries.

Kortext, who are already working with over 40 UK universities for the provision of etextbooks, bid for two lots within the etextbooks category, and has been selected as a named supplier in both categories, with suppliers being scored across a range of features including accessibility and sustainability. 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.

Kortext is solely dedicated to the provision of digital content, offering learners the opportunity to collate all of their digital resources in one central digital learning platform, be it university supplied etextbooks, journal articles, Open Educational Resources (OER), library content or content purchased from the Kortext Store. Kortext’s suite of apps, available on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, also allow learners to access their digital content offline, from anywhere in the world, creating a simple study solution for part-time and distance learners, as well as the traditional full-time student. The apps also come fully equipped with a host of smart digital learning tools, allowing learners to highlight, make notes and share with peers/tutors. With years of experience of digital provision, universities select Kortext to help support learning gain, the student experience and enhance teaching with the support of learning analytics.

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 digital platform today and the institutional and publisher partners we are working so closely with."

Rob Johnson, Head of Operational Procurement at SUPC said,

"We were very impressed with the Kortext response to this new category. Their levels of innovation were recognised as forward thinking in planning for a future that appears to be approaching at pace. Their sole attention on digital learning resources and etextbooks provides a clear focus on an area of substantial growth in the sector. Their inclusion in this agreement will assist universities in England and Wales in transitioning to digital."

Other suppliers named in the agreement include Kortext partners John Smith’s and Dawson Books.



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