Ebook price increases from three publishers

Dawson-header-logo-small” It is with regret that we have to inform you that with no prior notice from the publisher Wiley has imposed an immediate price increase across selected titles. “

So begins another email from Dawson books, our leading supplier of academic ebooks.  The email goes on to explain further:

” The price increases are the publisher’s reaction to a recent US Supreme Court ruling whereby lower priced editions bought elsewhere in the world were allowed to be sold back into the US, a market which has traditionally had higher prices than other markets. To reduce the impact on US sales, Wiley have chosen to increase the prices in the UK to match the American prices. Unfortunately we have no ability to influence this decision although our buying team has vigorously championed non-US customers against price increases.”

Closer examination of Wiley’s list of titles shows that most US Edition titles have more than tripled in price.  This is even worse than the price hikes from Pearson Education and Cengage that were announced a month ago.

With the emphasis being on books aimed at the North American market, it is difficult to predict how much impact this will have on the buying behaviour of academics and library staff here.  But it certainly demonstrates how vulnerable we are to the actions of those well beyond our control.

Posted on July 5, 2013, in Library and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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