Publishers selling their eBooks through NBN Fusion now have the ability to offer different digital list prices to libraries and retailers.
The publishing industry’s primary argument for having a different (usually higher) eBook price to a library is that eBook files aren’t subject to the same wear and tear as a physical book. Physical books with lots of checkouts get worn-out and re-ordered. eBooks do not. In order to make up for this potential lost revenue, many publishers are adopting higher eBook pricing for libraries. The library price would be for customers such as Overdrive, 3M, EBSCO, and Proquest, who sell mainly to public and academic libraries.
After consulting with key library wholesalers, we currently recommend setting the library price at 1.25x the list price of the highest price print format, or 1.25x the digital list price if it is eBook-only title. However, there is no one industry standard for eBook pricing to libraries. Publishers continue to experiment with different pricing models, and our main goal is to provide our clients with the flexibility to adopt different eBook pricing models for different kinds of customers. Please contact your NBN or NBN Fusion account manager if you would like to utilize library pricing for your eBooks.