March 2014 Update
by Roberta Nicora

We are already well through the first quarter of the year and what an active first quarter it has been.  More and more UK institutions have been looking at providing etextbooks for their students with some of them going to bid while others still “looking at how it works out”.  From our perspective, the early adopters to date have viewed their move to digital as a success as new orders come in and more departments start to partake.

Most of the projects we are working on now will be for September 2014 implementation – still a fair way off as we confirm digital availability and rights clearance to secure the firm order.

Kortext, the UK's leading digital learning platform and etextbooks provider, is also getting its fair share of publicity at the moment with an exciting partnership being formed with Samsung that will see the companies working together on delivering the Kortext App to Samsung devices and also selling the devices to institutions as part of a digital content package. For the full release click here.

At March’s Booksellers Association Academic, Professional and Specialist conference there was much talk about etextbooks and how it will affect academic retailing, with the debate focused publishers selling eContent and the resulting changing relationship between the bookseller and publisher.

Keeping on the theme of the bookseller, Kortext has a tradition of partnering academic retailers in the delivery of etextbooks and has refined processes for integrating the workflow with bricks and mortar and on-line retailers, as well as providing publishers with the ability to supply inspection copies and access code generation facilities.

So, as well as the UK market, Kortext is making its first forays in the US partnering with INDICO in providing etextbook and eContent solutions to US retailers.  The full scope and participants of the project can be found here.




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