Access to knowledge
We have made a policy decision to offer lower cost eBooks to individuals simultaneously with print publication through Google Books and other consumer eBook vendors.
We also work in partnership with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). EIFL is a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
As part of the collaboration Edward Elgar Publishing has agreed to provide institutions in 41 countries with free access to its journals and development studies ebooks via the Edward Elgar Publishing content platform.
The agreement initially ran until 31st December 2016 and was renewed in 2016 to run until 31st December 2019 (read more on the Elgar Blog here). The agreement is open to EIFL partner-consortia and their member libraries in countries including Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read the full list of institutions.
We are also supporting an important new EIFL initiative in Myanmar. Funded by the Open Society Foundation’s Higher Education Support Program, the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project is transforming access to information in Myanmar, initially at Yangon University and Mandalay University. As part of the project Edward Elgar Publishing will provide the institutions with free access to law and development studies ebooks from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
We also work with Baobab.
Responding to the growing demand for ebooks from African colleges, universities and academic libraries, Baobab Ebooks is a collaboration between two leading companies in the field of export bookselling to Africa - Mallory International and Tula Publishing.
Offering a mix of free and paid-for content, Baobab sources local titles as well as conventional European and American publisher ebook lists.
Through their existing network of representatives across 22 African countries, we have established relations with many African tertiary institutions and have extensive experience of the library procurement procedure across the continent.
Baobab Ebooks has created a platform which addresses the particular requirements of African libraries, librarians and their users. Their years of print book experience mean that the ebooks available on this platform are all already recognised in the regions, encouraging usage and transition from print. Baobab Ebooks is able to offer hands-on support to librarians through their network of dedicated representatives.
Edward Elgar Publishing understands the need to take into account its impact on the environment and our employees are dedicated to the continued improvement of our environmental activities.
What we are doing
Our editorial processing and production workflow is electronic to avoid printing hard copy and transferring papers by courier.
Our new books and catalogues are printed on paper obtained from companies that enforce a strict environmental code of practice.
The environmental code of our main book printer, TJ International, can be seen here.
All our books and journals are printed on FSC-accredited paper.
The sustainability ethos of our main paper supplier can be seen here.
We are a plastic bag free company, instead choosing to give 100% recycled, reusable and recyclable bags to our customers.
All three offices participate in a variety of recycling schemes for office and general purpose products where possible.
In our purchasing policy we support, where possible, companies that trade ethically.
We are continuing our efforts to make our offices more energy efficient.
Edward Elgar Publishing supports the Enaikishomi School in Kenya, established in memory of Edward and Sandy Elgar’s daughter Amy. Enaikishomi School provides education and life skills for children from the ages of 3 to 9 years old, many of whom would not otherwise have access to education. Please click here for more information.