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RE: 8-10 percent discount - kudos!


I fail to see the 'leadership' in moving to e-only since this 
removes an element of choice for the subscriber. Even if just a 
few subscribers opt for print, maintaining this choice is still 
affordable for both publisher and subscriber thanks to digital 
printing systems. Print is still in demand. In our case each one 
of our periodicals still has at least 150 subscribers choosing to 
retain print despite a 30-40% discount for e-only services. OECD 
has always offered a reduced price for online-only subscribers 
and has never charged extra for combined print and online since 
we have always given free online access to our print subscribers. 
In their press release, Sage identify many of the benefits of 
e-only (and I love the tree-planting idea) but offering a choice 
seems to resonate with many of our customers.

Toby Green
Head of Publishing
Public Affairs & Communications Directorate

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.ya
le.edu] On Behalf Of Heather Morrison
Sent: 15 July, 2009 2:01 AM
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: 8-10 percent discount - kudos!

Congratulations to SAGE for showing some real leadership in 
moving to e-only - AND, lowering prices!

Q. Is there a discount offered on an e-access subscription rate?
A. Yes, SAGE offers an 8% discount off the Print-only rate and a
10% discount off the Combined (Print & E-access) rate.

>From the SAGE press release, as reported on Liblicense:

Note:  print costs are at least 20-30% of total publishing costs. 
The SAGE discount is most welcome news and definitely a step in 
the right direction - but a leadership position in appropriately 
discounting with a move to e-only is still very much open.

Any opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of the author alone, 
and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic 
Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library.

Heather G. Morrison, MLIS
The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics