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SAGE Publishing and OhioLINK partner to offer significant discounts on e-Textbooks to students

January 24, 2019

SAGE Publishing announces a partnership with Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a statewide academic library consortium, to give students access to discounted e-Textbooks. With the new agreement, students will pay an average of $29 per eBook, saving more than 60% per title.

The lowered pricing agreement will follow the inclusive access model, an arrangement that allows students to receive immediate access to discounted e-textbooks on day one of the course. It will be available to all OhioLINK members, which encompass 100 percent of Ohio's public higher education institutions and 85 percent of its non-profit higher education institutions.

“SAGE’s mission is to help build bridges to knowledge by supporting teaching, learning, and research,” commented Michele Sordi, Senior Vice President and Head of US College at SAGE. “Instructors, administrators, and students look to SAGE for trusted, high quality content, easy to use technology, and a choice of affordable and accessible options.”

A consortium of 118 libraries, 89 Ohio colleges and universities, and an FTE of more than 570,000 end users, OhioLINK is a part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education's OH-TECH Consortium and a national leader in the realm of affordable learning strategies benefitting students of higher education, ranging from inclusive access, to open educational resources, to alternative textbook programs and other library-led initiatives.

“Libraries have always been at the crux of affordable learning in institutions of higher education, and OhioLINK took those efforts one step further at a larger scale,” OhioLINK Executive Director Gwen Evans said. “Inclusive access offers a model where we could negotiate at scale, protect academic freedom, and deliver short term savings while still supporting long-term OER strategies. This price agreement offers benefits to both OhioLINK members and SAGE, while simultaneously giving institutions the opportunity to deliver cost savings to their students quickly and at scale.”

Sordi continued, “We are delighted to be partnering with OhioLINK in this effort, which ensures that students have access to the right course materials at a significantly reduced cost on the first day of class, thereby supporting college affordability and greater student engagement.”

SAGE joins publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc., McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson, Cengage and Macmillan Learning in OhioLINK’s Inclusive Access Initiative. Together, these agreements have the potential to save students more than $50 million each year.

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Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne.

Connecting libraries, learning and discovery. Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium serving 118 libraries, 89 institutions of higher education, the State Library of Ohio and more than 570,000 end users. Delivering both IT infrastructure and content negotiation, OhioLINK provides students, researchers, faculty and staff with access to digital research collections rivaling top university libraries in the United States and internationally—at a fraction of the cost. OhioLINK also connects library services, print and digital collections among its member institutions and manages collaborative services, including eTutoring, statewide Affordable Learning textbook initiatives, and Open Educational Resources. A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioLINK creates a competitive advantage for its members and supports student and researcher success in the state of Ohio.

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