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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About Vincent A. Alascia

Vincent is the author of, "In the Presence of Gods," "Xristos: Chosen of God," and coming soon, "Undead Heart," available on Kindle and paperback, as well as works that have appeared in anthologies and online. Originally an East Coast native, he makes his home in the Phoenix area of Arizona with his wife and three attention grabbing felines. Vincent is an active member of the West Valley Writers' Workshop and an Adult Services librarian at the Maricopa County Library District Northwest Regional Library in Surprise, Arizona.
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