Print book buying squeeze in US libraries to continue, Anderson tells IPG

Print book buying squeeze in US libraries to continue, Anderson tells IPG

Academic libraries in the US are buying fewer and fewer print books, and that trend is only going to continue, the University of Utah's Rick Anderson told the Independent Publishers Guild spring conference yesterday (2nd May).

Anderson, well known for his contributions to blog The Scholarly Kitchen, warned the conference: "We will never stop [buying print] entirely, but how far above zero we end up at, I can't tell you."

The print squeeze is not being compensated for by a major rise in spending on digital, Anderson said, with the greatest contributing factor being "the serials crisis"...

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