Hachette E-Book Price Increase to Libraries Initially Overstated: 104%, Not 220%

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Digital Book World and others reported last week that Hachette had increased the prices it charges its library clients to buy its back-list of e-books by an average of 220% across its 3,500-title collection. According to an email from an OverDrive spokesperson, the company miscalculated this figure and the true price increase is 104%, not 220%.

The company has updated a blog post it wrote on the matter last week to reflect this change.

Seeing prices double rather than triple for Hachette back-list e-books may mollify some librarians and observers — though not likely this observer, who said librarians who paid for these e-books are “suckers.”

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  1. Reading Overdrive’s blog post, the three books they use as examples went up by 52%; 50% and 153%. I can’t see the entire catalog, but given their earlier mistake of the price increase, is the 104% accurate?

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