College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices

Avi Wolfman-Arent, How-to-Geek, Jun 27, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

11 publishers are raising their prices all at the same time. "Publishers insist, however, that there was no conspiracy to raise prices and that the previous cost model for e-books wasn’t sustainable. 'We had absolutely no knowledge and we weren’t advised by the aggregator at all that other publishers were making a change at the same time,' says Rebecca Seger, director of institutional sales for the Americas at Oxford University Press." Not surprisingly, there is tension and mistrust between academic libraries and publishers.

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