Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Perlego Review


I heard about Perlego via OMD and was instantly intrigued. One of the few things I miss about my university days is the unfettered access to archives and libraries. I always think it's kind of cruel that when you have all the free access, you've no real time to devote to reading up on all the weird and random topics that catch your eye...

With Perlego, however, you get access to over 200,000 academic texts for a very reasonable monthly subscription fee. If you pay an annual lump sum it works out at £10 a month, or £15 if you pay monthly.

I'm lucky in that Cambridge alumni still get access to JSTOR, Cambridge Core, SAGE Journals, etc, but I was super excited to find out Perlego existed all the same. Based in London, the service was only established in 2016 and is still quickly expanding in terms of available titles. Current publishers signed up with the platform include Bloomsbury, Cengage, Wiley, and Oxford University Press.

This was the beginning of my browsing in the social history section:

Perlego Social History Books

There is just so much cool stuff to read - it gave me the same feeling of going into the UL for the first time and being completely overwhelmed by the scale of it!

I love that you can generate Harvard or Vancouver style citations to copy and paste too - citations were always the bane of my academic life - and the freedom of monthly subbing means I could skip this month as I know I won't have the time to get much reading in. The only downside is that the app is still in development, meaning it can be awkward to read on the go if your mobile device of choice is a smartphone.

Even so, Perlego is already a great service that is only going to become more attractive as it grows from strength to strength. Best of all it's really democratising academia and allowing access to the kind of academic work normally beyond the price range of individuals and provincial libraries. That can only be a good thing!

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