[Irtalk] Publisher Coercion

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon May 12 00:16:17 SAST 2014

The key to publisher success in the out-of-control pricing during the last
30 years of academic and scholarly journal publishing has been coercion. A
dysfunctional system still controls the majority of academic library
budgets. Publishers are now poised to make the implicit coercion in
textbook sales explicit.* They have in their sights the long-term goal of
destruction of the secondary textbook market and freedom to price as they
see fit without competing forces.*

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