ALA Wants Random House To Lower eBook Prices

The American Library Association (ALA) is asking Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the prices of eBooks that it is selling to libraries.

In a press release, Molly Raphael, president of the ALA stated: “While I appreciate Random House’s engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access. 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.”

On March 1st, Random House raised the prices of its eBooks. In a statement last week, Random House said: “We believe that pricing to libraries must account for the higher value of this institutional model, which permits e-books to be repeatedly circulated without limitation. The library e-book and the lending privileges it allows enables many more readers to enjoy that copy than a typical consumer copy. Therefore, Random House believes it has greater value, and should be priced accordingly.”

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