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Canadian Libraries Stop Buying Random House eBooks

Troy Myers, the chief librarian of a group of libraries in Nova Scotia, said that they have stopped buying eBooks from Random House and will not buy more from the publisher until they lower their digital book prices.

The South Shore Public Library said the reason that they stopped buying from Random House is a price increase. The release shared prices: “a copy of Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie was $30 for libraries in January 2012, $130 on March 1 and $85 on March 20. An individual ordering the same title would pay $25 through Amazon, $22.69 through Kindle or $20 through Random House or Google Books.”

Myers explained: “It would be great if we could just purchase ebooks through Amazon or Random House for the lower price. However because we provide the books for loan, we must purchase copies of the books through a service like OverDrive, instead of buying copies directly.” (Via Quill & Quire).

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