Re: Electronic vs Print pricing comparison (Joanna Tousley-Escalante) Stephen Clark 24 Mar 1999 18:33 UTC

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>>From our experience, I would confirm your views.  Not so much available, and
usually the cost is equal to print or greater than print for the electronic

Just today I received email from an EBSCO representative in a related
question we have with them, and she made this point:
> 3. Prices:
> Publishers mainly offer three options:
> a) free online access with a paper subscription
> b) paid online access in form of a surcharge on the print price in
> combination with a paper subscriptions
> c) paid online access independantly from a paper journal (rarely the case
> yet)
Notice her qualifier under 3.c.   It is a good guide to what is available
and how to plot the costs for online versus print access.

Joanna Tousley-Escalante

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> From:         Stephen Clark[]
> Sent:         Wednesday, March 24, 1999 15:44
> Subject:      Electronic vs Print pricing comparison (Jason Eyre)
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> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 13:01:08 +1000
> From: Jason Eyre <Jason.Eyre@EPA.VIC.GOV.AU>
> Subject: Electronic vs Print pricing comparison
> Dear colleagues
> The library for the Environment Protection Authority in Victoria,
> Australia,  is being encouraged to embrace electronic journals as a viable
> - and cheaper - alternative to the more traditional print variety, as well
> as being more environmentally-friendly (as less paper is used).
> While we are keen to do this (and, indeed have already done to a limited
> but growing extent), our PERCEPTIONS are that the electronic journals
> currently available are comparatively MORE EXPENSIVE (due primarily, but
> not exclusively,  to the licensing arrangements for multiple access
> points). In addition, the RANGE of e-journals available is SIGNIFICANLY
> LOWER compared to those on offer in a print format, particularly for a
> specialist scientific/technical library such as ours.
> What I want to ask you all is this: Are our perceptions founded? Are
> e-journals more expensive than print (in your own experience)? Can anyone
> point me to a recent, authoritative analysis of this issue? What are the
> relative advantages/disadvantages of electronic over print? Do any of you
> have experiences/examples that you can relate on this matter?
> A rather broad-ranging question, I admit; but I am keen to hear your
> opinions on at least some of these issues....
> Regards
> Jason Eyre
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> Melbourne Victoria 3001
> Australia
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