Elsevier is often thought to the be enemy of libraries, but Elsevier’s practices have in fact improved libraries’ situation, including lowering the prices for scientific article.
Lack of information about how books are actually used has resulted in a set of actions that don’t make solid economic sense. Now that more end-user information is becoming available, the book business is likely to adjust its practices.
Publishers habitually adopt a pessimistic outlook about their business, but the trends for the industry are very good. Pessimism is the real problem.
How do we gain a better vantage amidst the dust and din of an ongoing information revolution the likes of which the world has never seen before?