Douglas County library service (Colorado) have issued their latest price comparison, showing what ebooks are available for them to “buy”, and at what price.
Their bone of contention is the higher price they universally pay. The worst instance on their list is the ebook “Paris” (presumably by Edward Rutherford) for which they are paying $85; consumers pay $15.99.
When we had a look at our UK list, we didn’t notice such a huge price discrepancy – but maybe that was because there were so few books for us to compare. 13 of the 25 books on the Douglas County list are unavailable to US public libraries. A similar comparison in the UK would be far worse: our list showed that 85% of popular bestsellers were unavailable to us.
We’ve got a long way to go before we can attract the kinds of discounts we get on our paper book purchases.
Surrey Library Service