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paper on libraries and publishers
- Subject: paper on libraries and publishers
- From: Andrew Odlyzko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 17:54:24 EST
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A paper on the changing roles of libraries and publishers is available in several formats (text, .tex, .ps, .pdf) at http://www.research.att.com/~amo/doc/eworld.html An abstract is enclosed below. Comments are invited. Andrew Odlyzko [NB: DISCUSSION & COMMENTS WELCOME HERE. The moderators] ______________________ Competition and cooperation: Libraries and publishers in the transition to electronic scholarly journals Andrew Odlyzko AT&T Labs - Research email@example.com January 19, 1999 Abstract The conversion of scholarly journals to digital format is proceeding rapidly, especially for those from large commercial and learned society publishers. This conversion offers the best hope for survival for such publishers. The infamous "journal crisis" is more of a library cost crisis than a publisher pricing problem, with internal library costs much higher than the amount spent on purchasing books and journals. Therefore publishers may be able to retain or even increase their revenues and profits, while at the same time providing a superior service. To do this, they will have to take over many of the function of libraries, and they can do that only in the digital domain. This paper examines publishers' strategies, how they are likely to evolve, and how they will affect libraries.