Actually, Not Joining the 660 Club

Since Paul brought up the subject, I have to chime in…

What is it with some publishers these days that give us steep, sometimes double-digit, percentage price increases — and, when they do so, they say things such as: “OF COURSE, there will be a XX percentage increase each year.”  One publisher’s representative recently visited us and said that unless we signed a maintenance agreement, we could expect annual increases of 11% – 15% on everything they publish.  He said this shamelessly.  And I say:  Shame on the publisher! 

No, no, no.

In today’s economy, this attitude just strikes me as out-of-touch.  But, something is pretty wrong with us, too, for not feeling outraged by this pricing behavior.

So, if you decide to send back that overpriced set, be sure to mention that you want no part of that 10% annual increase. 

*[Note: there are quite a few ‘good guy’ publishers who don’t follow this pattern, but I wish there were more.]

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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