Oliver Gadsby has been appointed to the board of Perlego, a subscription service for educational books.
The founder and director of Rowman & Littlefield International is also chair of the World Textile Information Network. He was previously c.e.o. of Continuum, and director of strategy at Informa. A board member of the Independent Publishers Guild and Publishers’ Licensing Services, he has worked in educational, academic and professional publishing throughout his career.
Gadsby said: “For the past 20 years I have been involved in finding the best mix of print and digital resources which students and teachers actually want to use. Perlego offers students unparalleled access to curated, on-demand content, and gives publishers a fresh understanding of how their books are actually being consumed. For far too long, the publishing industry has been trying to find a solution that tackles piracy and the losses caused by secondary book sales, and Perlego addresses these issues head on through its intuitive model. Perlego works for students, publishers and authors, and I’ll be delighted to support the Perlego team.”
Perlego provides access to more than 600,000 e-books from a global network of over 3,000 publishers through its web platform and mobile app. It works with publishers including Bloomsbury, Elsevier and Wiley to offer titles across genres.
Its co-founder and c.e.o. Gauthier Van Malderen commented: “The past year has seen a rising demand for digital resources, and this movement is here to stay. To continue to make educational resources accessible to the largest number of people, publishers and universities alike need to embrace technology. We’re delighted to welcome Oliver to the Perlego team and know his experience and knowledge of the sector will help us ensure we achieve our goal of making education accessible for all.”