Good Guys Roster

We think we should commend publishers and vendors who are listening — publishers and vendors who aren’t raising their prices, or offering new flexibility and services in this trying time.  Publishers who are law librarian partners in pain.

The Good Guys Roster:

  1. CILP
  2. Gale/Cengage
  3. World Trade Online
  4. Oxford University Press
  5. BNA
  7. Fastcase (recognizing “that electronic publishing realizes efficiencies of scale that outpace increases in inflation.”)

If you know of other publishers doing good deeds, please let us know. Thanks!

7 thoughts on “Good Guys Roster

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  2. Land Use Legal Report is holding the line on subscription renewal prices, for at least this year. I am also offering a 20% discount to new subscribers.

    Generally speaking, I think the “little guys” are not nearly as greedy as the 800-pound gorillas. We can’t afford to be.

    James D. Lawlor
    Editor and Publisher

  3. Hi folks:

    Oxford University Press is freezing prices:

    From: Oxford Online Products []
    Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:03 PM

    In light of the impact the economic crisis is having on library
    budgets, Oxford University Press has given careful consideration
    to the pricing of our online products for the next academic year
    beginning July 1, 2009. OUP’s annual subscription increases for
    online databases (this excludes journals), which covers ongoing
    product investment as well as inflationary costs, have ranged on
    average from 4-8% over the last several years. We have reviewed
    the impact of various price increases on our customers, as well
    as the results of increases on our not-for profit organization.
    Oxford itself has not been immune to the current crisis.

    We recognize that tightening budgets will require libraries to
    make difficult choices this year, and we want to help enable
    institutions maintain subscription services during this time. To
    that end, Oxford is announcing that our reference and academic
    monograph subscription product prices will remain at their
    current levels of pricing, with no increase on July 1, 2009.
    This applies to institutional subscriptions in North and South
    America, and includes OUP’s reference and law subscription
    products, listed below:

    American National Biography Online
    Oxford Biblical Studies Online
    Dictionary of National Biography Online
    Encyclopedia of Popular Music Online
    Grove Art Online
    Grove Music Online
    Oxford African American Studies Online
    Oxford English Dictionary Online
    Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
    Oxford Reference Online Premium, Western Civilization and Literature Collection
    Oxford Scholarship Online (subscription)

    Our relationship with the library community, which shares our
    mission to disseminate the highest-quality scholarly material to
    a broad audience, is extremely important to OUP, as is our
    continued commitment to scholarship. Although we are not
    increasing prices this year, we pledge to continue the robust
    maintenance of our online subscription products at the level you
    have come to expect from Oxford.

    Now more than ever, we want to ensure that your institution is
    getting the most possible from your OUP subscriptions. We are
    also working on a number of programs and strategies for 2009 to
    help libraries drive usage and increase discoverability of their
    online holdings, and welcome your feedback and advice in the form
    of a brief survey (cut+paste if hyperlink does not work) All persons who complete the
    survey will be entered to be one of 10 winners who will win their
    choice of the Oxford Atlas of the World or the Oxford Companion
    to Food. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and your time.

    Rebecca Seger
    Director, Online and Library Sales
    Oxford University Press
    198 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10016

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  6. Guys, you might consider adding Fastcase to the Good Guys list as well. We haven’t raised prices one penny since we started the company in 1999. The key is that electronic publishing realizes efficiencies of scale that outpace increases in inflation.

    So we hold the line on our prices, expand our scope of coverage every year, and are more profitable at the same time. Maybe a good model for other electronic publishers?

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