E-book Price Gouging

After my last post on e-books looking at the no to low end I thought this post which I am borrowing from American Libraries Magazine, The Visible Hand of the Market?, might complement it. Libraries would love to provide their patrons with all the digital content their devices could contain. Sadly that is just not in their hands. To counter that, many libraries, like the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado, have taken the initiative to inform their patrons just what obstacles libraries face when trying to secure rights to digital titles for their patrons. As this chart shows, the publishers are not making it easy for the libraries. They are either refusing to sell digital copies to libraries or pricing them so exorbitantly that libraries cannot justify the funds, if the funds are even there. So take a look and be prepared to be angered, disgusted, floored, any of the above.

DCL Price Report Sept12

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