LION Consortium Calls A Boycott On Random House eBooks

April 8, 2012

Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library and President of the LION consortium (25 academic, public and school libraries located in southern and ventral Connecticut), has sent a letter to Random House notifying the publisher that the 25-library consortium will boycott purchasing Random House eBooks due to their price hike on March 1. The price hike doubled or nearly tripled the price Random House is charging libraries for their eBooks.

According to Conroy, Random House’s pricing of an eBook that would have cost the LION consortium $35 to lease through their OverDrive service on February 29, now costs them $105. “A private individual can purchase the ebook edition of that same book through Amazon for $17.99, which LION consortium members felt made Random House’s decision to raise prices for libraries both discriminatory and totally arbitrary,” Conroy said in a statement emailed to Library Journal.

“The LION consortium feels strongly that it is important for libraries to take a stand against this unfair practice and its disproportionate impact on library users,” says Richard Conroy. The South Shore Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are also boycotting Random House.