Library Association Asks Random House to Reconsider Massive E-Book Price Increase

Earlier today, it came to light that Random House had increased prices on e-books it sold to libraries for lending by several times. The American Library Association has now reached out and asked Random House to reconsider its price increases.

PRESS RELEASE:

ALA calls on Random House to reconsider major ebook price increase

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is calling on publisher Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the price of ebooks to the library market starting March 1. ALA President Molly Raphael issued the following statement:

“While I appreciate Random House’s engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access,” Raphael said, “I am deeply disappointed in the severe escalation in ebook pricing reported today. Calling on our history together and our hope to satisfy mutual goals moving forward, the American Library Association strongly urges Random House to reconsider its decision. In a time of extreme financial constraint, a major price increase effectively curtails access for many libraries, and especially our communities that are hardest hit economically.

“Also, ALA appreciates the data gaps that exist, and we commit to work quickly and collaboratively to address this concern. We must have better data to inform decisions that have such wide and deep implications.

“Finally, we recognize and thank those publishers and aggregators that have worked with libraries on e-book lending models at a time of significant disruption and change. Libraries must have the ability to purchase a wide range of digital content at a fair price so that all readers have full access to our world’s creative and cultural resources, especially those who depend on libraries as their only source of reading material.

“Libraries belong at the center of this digital revolution, not on the periphery. We continue to seek partners to further our shared goals of connecting readers and authors well into the 21st century.”

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One thought on “Library Association Asks Random House to Reconsider Massive E-Book Price Increase

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries

    CIPA author @ErnestIstook @Heritage revealed how the American Library Association [ALA] misleads communities to defy CIPA or do an end run around it. CIPA is the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The result of making an end run around CIPA is children, patrons, and library employees remain exposed to causes of harm it would otherwise be legal to curtail. See:

    “CIPA Author Exposes ALA Deception; Ernest Istook Who Authored Children’s Internet Protection Act Calls Out American Library Association for Using Legal Tactics to Claim First Amendment Protection for Public Library Pornography Viewing, Causing Librarians to Be Indifferent and Leave Children Unprotected” http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2012/02/cipa-author-exposes-ala-deception.html

    Yet here we are in the media discussing libraries protesting Random House price hikes.

    Who cares about the author of CIPA exposing that the ALA is misleading one third of American communities into leaving their communities exposed to the effects of unlimited pornography on public library computers, right? Obviously a Random House price hike is much more important, as is the ALA’s ability to drive stories it wants into the media and hide others it does not want. Clearly, eBook price hikes are of way more interest to communities than the children and employees being molested in public libraries as a result of ALA policy it pushes into communities, as described by the author of the law the ALA wants us to ignore.

    And ALA wants people to pressure Random House over a little money? Shhhh, said the librarian leaders. Don’t say anything about the ALA enabling the sexualization of our communities that is so bad that the author of CIPA has to speak out.

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