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  1. Mar 2019
    1. As publishing giant Cengage itself boasts in its March 2018 report to shareholders, “In contrast to print publications, our digital products cannot be resold or transferred. We therefore realize revenue from every end user” (“Annual Report” 6). 

      Predictably, Cengage's 2018 Annual Report also assures stockholders that it has a plan to increase profits in this area:

      We plan to continue to aggressively invest in the growth of our digital products and platforms while increasingly focusing and incentivizing our Go-To-Market team in this area" (6).

    2. in a 2019 UC-Berkeley news bulletin about the decision not to sign a new contract, Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason informed the community that during renegotiations, the university had expressed an interest in reducing their Elsevier subscription fees, which were by this point “25 percent of UC system-wide journal costs” (Kell).

      If you'd like a bigger picture of the University of California System's other publisher relationships, economics professor Ted Bergstrom has requested and hosted these contracts on his journal-tracking website:

  2. Apr 2016
    1. business

      Right: But where this argument fails is in interrogating whether, and why, this must necessarily be the case. Many socially necessary functions are provided outside market structures. Is there an iron law of nature dictating that scholarly communication must happen in a marketplace?