Scientific American and NPG

by | Oct 14, 2009 | 0 comments

Had two conference call recently with members of both the PASCAL Consortium and The Charleston Advisor Board of Directors. In both calls, the newly announced increase in the subscription prices of Scientific American was brought up with much consternation. So I was gratified to read in LJ and The Chronicle of Higher Education that 50 library directors have called the price increases “unreasonable” and have taken action! The October 13 Chronicle of Higher Education reports that directors from Amherst, Bowdoin, Bucknell, Carleton, Colgate, Denison, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, Kenyon, Oberlin, Rollins, Vassar, and Washington & Lee have sent a letter to the managing director of the Nature Publishing Group to protest the huge increase in the price of an institutional subscriptions to Scientific American (from $39.95 to $299 for a print subscription and $1,500 for online access, up from $1,000 depending on the size of the institution). Interesting that on June 22 when Nature Publishing Group announced that it would form a consumer media division with Scientific American and NPG there was no mention of price … See Jennifer Howard, “College Library Directors Protest Huge Jump in Scientific American Price,” Chronicle of Higher Education; and “College Librarians Protest STM Pricing for Consumer Magazine,” by Norman Oder, Library Journal.

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