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Subject: Stor blir större till skada för bibli otek
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:15:18 +0100

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Marknadslogiken har åter slagit till. Stora tidskriftspaket blir större. 
Amerikanska bibliotek


John Wiley and Sons recently announced its plans to acquire Blackwell 
Publishing, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) 
journals, for a price of $1.08 billion. This increase in concentration 
in an already concentrated market is cause for substantial concern on 
the part of the library community. The combined company will control 
more than 1,200 titles, many of them scholarly society journals.

The Information Access Alliance (IAA), representing the Association of 
Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association, the 
Association for College and Research Libraries, the American Association 
of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association, SPARC, and the 
Special Library Association, wrote to the US Department of Justice on 
November 29 asking that they act to issue a second request for 
information from the two companies and review the market and the merger. 
The IAA letter to the Department of Justice is available on the Web

The IAA is deeply concerned that this transaction will exacerbate market 
dysfunctions and result in further reduction in access to critical 
research information that fuels the entire higher education and research 
enterprise.  Both John Wiley and Sons and Blackwell Publishing currently 
use bundled pricing models; a recent study by ARL gathered data from its 
member libraries documenting that bundling practices reduce customer 
choice, hurt small publishers, and create barriers to entry (see

Information on publisher mergers and related antitrust issues is 
available on the Information Access Alliance Web site

<font size=3>Jan Szczepanski<br>
Förste bibliotekarie<br>
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek<br>
Box 222<br>
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN<br>
Tel: +46 31 773 1164 Fax: +46 31 163797<br>
E-mail: [log in to unmask]<br><br>

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