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Re: Wellcome Trust report


There are literally thousands of publishers of various stripes that would
give their right arms to drop print, but their customers won't let them.
Believe me, print is a pain in the neck; it's almost as much trouble as
negotiating with 25-year-old tattooed and body-pierced developers.  The
problem with eliminating print is, as Sally says, that it's a binary game:
all or nothing.  The fixed costs of print don't get reduced one penny when
one customer opts for electronics.  And think of the relatively poor
success of the electronic-only journals (compared to journals that also
have the print option, that is).  This is not a case of publishers ramming
something down the throat of librarians but of a marketplace that has not
yet got religion.

Yrs in spirit.

Joe Esposito

----- Original Message ----- 
From: ""FrederickFriend"" <ucylfjf@ucl.ac.uk>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: Wellcome Trust report

> I suspect that if libraries were to be given the option of dropping print
> in return for a 25% reduction in price, many would go for that option.
> That size of reduction in price would more than cover the VAT, which
> anyway is only a UK problem. Globally, savings on subscription prices of
> that order of magnitude would make a significant contribution towards
> financing a secure archive. Libraries have not been offered that option
> and therefore there has not been the financial incentive to move away from
> print. And if some subscribers want to retain print, surely they and not
> all subscribers should bear the cost of print?
> Fred