January 27, 2022

Nova Scotia: Libraries Boycott Random House Over E-Book Prices

From the CBC:

Libraries on Nova Scotia’s South Shore are boycotting Random House, one of the world’s largest book publishers, over what they call unfair e-book pricing.

The company began charging public libraries up to three times the retail price for downloadable books last month.


Troy Myers, CEO and chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries, said the publishing powerhouse does not seem to be concerned about the loss of business so far, but he hopes the boycott will make a statement.

“We’re not trying to pick a fight with Random House. We just want them to be good partners and they need to really stop seeing public libraries in this country and elsewhere as a threat. I think there’s been a long history of that over the years and this is the latest chapter in that story,” he said.

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See Also: Full Text of the South Shore Public Libraries Statement

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.