The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries « The Scholarly Kitchen

The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries « The Scholarly Kitchen.

Jos Esposito offers a reasoned explanation of the problem academic presses have pricing ebooks, noting that when they sell an ebook to a library it covers the needs of several constituencies. In the print market each constituency would (might?) have bought copies.  He notes that “that the issues expressed here are active in the current Georgia State litigation.” Rick Anderson’s comment amplifies Esposito’s thesis pointing out that while the library sees that the marginal cost to the publisher of those extra copies is minimal, “the publisher’s marginal costs are beside the point; where greater value is offered, a higher price is reasonable.”  So fairness enters the fray.  While neither Esposito or Anderson offer a fair solution, libraries may in the end have to either choose to pay more to maintain the system, or play a greater role in its transformation (and their own place in that transformation).

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