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Library Windowing - Penguin Australia
#11  fjtorres 05-28-2020, 07:05 AM
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@MGlitch. There is little hard "evidence" on this whole area. For whatever reason the Publisher here has chosen to "window" this e-book in libraries, for what period I'm not sure. One of the things I'm interested in finding out is just how widespread this practice is. I would be pleased to find out that it is in fact an outlier, though I suspect not. Hopefully, it is also not that widespread. If you wait for major companies to announce what they are doing when it may attract criticism, you may have a very long wait. I was also interested in the fact that an Audiobook version was released to libraries whilst an e-book version was not.
They might be figuring if they "just do it" most people won't notice or think it's just an outlier and they'll fly under the radar without pushback until it's a fait accompli.

They might be right: MacMillan's biggest mistake might've been publicly announcing it.

After all, dry goods vendors routinely raise prices quietly by reducing the amount of content without reducing packaging size and it takes months before even CONSUMER REPORTS notices. A few grams here, a few grams there, over the entire market it adds up to real money.

Stealth pays.
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