Librarians vs. Google: Fighting the Web Giant’s Book Deal – TIME

The library community recalls with horror the pricing fiasco that occurred when industry consolidation left academic journals in the hands of five publishing companies. The firms hiked subscription prices 227% over a 14-year period, between 1986 and 2002, forcing cash-strapped libraries to drop many subscriptions, according to Van Orsdel. “The chance of the price being driven up in a similar way (in the Google deal) is really very real,” he says.

I like the quote here from Lee Van Orsdel, who is the dean of university libraries at Grand Valley State University (MI).