Posted at 8:51 pm , on March 6, 2012
ALA Asks Random to Scale Back Price Hikes – Publisher’s Weekly – Andrew Albanese
While ALA president Molly Raphael praised Random House’s “engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access,” she urged Random House to scale back the price increase. “I am deeply disappointed in the severe escalation in e-book pricing,” Raphael said. “The American Library Association strongly urges Random House to reconsider its decision. In a time of extreme financial constraint, a major price increase effectively curtails access for many libraries, and especially our communities that are hardest hit economically.”
In response, Stuart Applebaum, spokesman for Random House, said the publisher welcomes “continuing discussions on the value we place on the unrestricted perpetuity, as well as the simultaneous release of our titles to retail booksellers and public libraries, the key differentiating factors determining our new pricing to library wholesalers.”
Remember last week’s news on Random House increasing e-book prices? Here’s the conversation between ALA and Random House.
Posted at 9:52 pm , on March 2, 2012
Random House Raises E-Book Wholesale Prices Significantly – Publisher’s Lunch – Michael Cader
Random House announced their library ebook pricing, effective as of March 1, which will dampen some of the enthusiasm for the house’s commitment to the “unrestricted and perpetual availability of our complete frontlist and backlist of Random House, Inc.” in ebook form. The new prices, which librarians tell The Digital Shift represent up to a tripling, are calibrated to “bring our titles in price-point symmetry with our Books on Tape audio book downloads for library lending. These long have carried a considerably higher purchase price point than our digital audio books purchased for individual consumption.” The new price structure for library wholesalers is:
- New hardcovers, “for the most part” are $65 to $85.
- Titles available for several months, or generally timed to paperback release, move to a range of $25 to $50.
- New children’s hardcovers are $35 to $85.
- Older children’s titles and children’s paperbacks are $25 to $45.
The response to this depends on the various libraries, and also each library’s ebook lending patterns from patrons. Pricing levels, of course, will adjust accordingly.
Posted at 2:19 pm , on February 3, 2012
Fair Trade: Random House Will Raise Library E-book Prices, But Commits to E-Book Lending – Publisher’s Weekly – Andrew Albanese
Never has a price increase been such good news for libraries. At a meeting with ALA leaders this week in New York, Random House officials said the “terms of sale” for Random House e-books to libraries will change, with a price increase coming. But the publisher reiterated its commitment to library e-book lending, saying they would continue to enable e-book lending of their entire list for both adult and children’s titles, backlist and frontlist, without restriction.
Definitely a fair trade. Continuing on from the article, RH is trying to have all parties benefit: the authors, the readers, the libraries, the publishers. Seems like a good deal for such a touchy subject.
Posted at 2:39 pm , on January 18, 2012
OverDrive Adds Foreign Language Titles – Publisher’s Weekly
Are you aware of that handy little app? It just got better.
Digital library distributor OverDrive has added “thousands” of foreign language titles to its catalog by signing a number of new publishing clients. The company’s online catalog has books in over 50 languages and the new titles include ones in Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian, and Turkish with Spanish titles coming. The addition of the foreign titles brings OverDrive e-book catalog to 700,000.
Posted at 8:08 pm , on December 26, 2011
Publisher’s vs Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War – The New York Times – Randall Stross
To follow along with the library/publisher/ebook trend today…
…we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too.
And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy. Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries’ access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones.
Posted at 8:00 pm , on December 26, 2011
When Borrowing Isn’t Free – Publisher’s Weekly – Peter Brantley
Wheeler’s is a private company developing an e-book platform that enables libraries to charge for e-book lending. And, another critical feature, it also offers support for the outright purchase of e-book titles from book distributors, versus licensing. In addition to clarifying the legal status of e-books in a library collection, “purchasing” the e-book also permits libraries to be more flexible with their funding, in comparison to paying recurring license fees. Further, the ability to charge patrons for e-book rentals generates friction in lending, and helps to compensate libraries for the costs of ebook purchasing.
Could an experiment in New Zealand help US libraries and publishers come together on ebooks?