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Subscription [ebook] Models Move to the Fore

“Although it’s been discussed for years, the subscription e-book model is finally gaining traction in the publishing industry, as three new services offering popular backlist trade books—Oyster, e-Reatah, and Scribd—enter the market. The subscription model is already a business reality in the music and movie industries, with such well-known examples as Pandora, Spotify, and Net-flix. The most successful subscription model in the book business to date has been Safari Books Online, the long-running tech and business e-book service. Under subscription models, consumers pay a regular fee—monthly, weekly, or yearly—and have easy access to a large pool of content (and book discovery and recommendation features), rather than purchasing individual works.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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University libraries look to reduce licensing costs

“College students likely spend hundreds of thousands of dollars extra per year on buying rights for digital versions of readings to which they have free access. Some college and university libraries have been attempting to rein in the duplicative charges, which stem from journal articles and other assigned readings that students are told to buy for class even though the material is freely available to them through library holdings. Stanford University, for instance, found that more than $100,000 was being spent, mostly by students, on course materials that could be found in the 1,200 databases the university spends millions of dollars to make available.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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