Monopoly practices in scholarly publishing

Lee C. Van Orsdel berichtet in den C&RL News, May 2005, von der Konferenz Antitrust Issues in Scholarly and Legal Publishing (Washington, D.C., February 11, 2005). Mein Lieblingszitat:

James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University spoke to the economic behavior of libraries, strained on all fronts by the shift from print to electronic, from set prices to negotiated prices, from purchasing content to purchasing both content and database management software, from local collection development to collection development by consortia or by publisher-defined bundles. He observed that librarians have a hard time walking away from the negotiating table even when the deals aren’t reasonable….

[via Open Access News]