The Random House ebook price hike to libraries last week created a storm of commentary. Here's a good round-up of the story by Bobbi Newman at Librarianbyday.net. The post is still being updated with new links.
Now that the fireworks have died down a little, the library world is generating some good,reflective analyses of the ebook dilemma. Here are a couple that you shouldn't miss:
- Random House's eBook Price Hikes are GOOD for Libraries IF ... The big "IF" consists of a list of requirements for ebooks that libraries should insist on, in exchange for high prices.
- $2 Billion for $1 Billion of Books: The Arithmetic of Library e-book Lending Michael Porter has a good infographic showing the relative prices of print and digital books for consumers and libraries and remarks on the odd inefficiency of the digital product.