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Re: Wellcome Trust report

VAT is not only a UK problem - it applies in almost every European
country, where print is rated at the lowest rate and electronic at the

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: ""FrederickFriend"" <ucylfjf@ucl.ac.uk>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 1:55 AM
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