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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"

It may be worth noting that PDA can exist only with the active 
cooperation of publishers, at least if we are talking about 
ebooks. Ebooks are sold by licenses--there is no other way. 
Publishers can restrict those licenses.  One way to restrict 
those licenses would simply to assert that no single copy ebooks 
(that is, books sold outside of aggregations) can be sold to 
institutional markets.

I am not suggesting that any publisher will do this or that 
anyone should, but it should not be assumed that the advent of 
PDA will necessarily result in no response from publishers.

Joe Esposito

On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Sandy Thatcher
<sandy.thatcher@alumni.princeton.edu> wrote:

> Let me respond very briefly (for once!) just to say that I 
> think it will be very interesting to see how the subscription 
> models for the new book aggregations from MUSE, JSTOR, OUP, 
> etc. work out in the face of the challenge from PDA. Probably 
> the two will coexist for a while, but I'm not sure for how 
> long, or which one will triumph in the end. I suppose this 
> partly depends on how much these vendors allow libraries to 
> purchase only specific parts of the entire aggregations. Rick 
> Anderson, what do you think?
> Sandy Thatcher
> At 8:21 PM -0400 10/28/11, Ann Okerson wrote:
>>Anyone want to consider the rise or fall the subscription model
>>outside of journals, which has been the discussion so far?