For print books, library prices are generally on par (and often slightly cheaper) than consumer prices for the same book. The digital picture, however, is entirely different. Great swaths of the spreadsheet are missing, illustrating the effect that publisher boycotts are having on the ability of libraries to provide access to their patrons. And, in those cases where ebooks are available, the report shows usurious markups, up to six times the consumer price for the same title. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, for example, is available for $9.99 at Amazon, but libraries have to fork out $47.85. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is $12.99 at Amazon, but an amazing $81.00 from both 3M and Overdrive.
In case you were wondering why libraries aren’t as able as they want to be in providing our patrons with access to ebooks, check out the whole article.
from What’s A Library Dollar Worth? by Peter Brantley, Publisher’s Weekly