I mentioned last month that Random House would raise e-book prices on March 1. It turns out that the perpetual access, one user at a time model Random House favors is costing in the neighborhood of triple the hardcover price. Bobbi Newman gave a few examples over at Librarian by Day, in which Random House's pricing model for this access seems to decrease over time, coinciding with and similar to a book's availability in hardcover, then eventually in paperback.
It seems that this news is resonating most loudly in the public library sector, of library sectors in the United States. How does this price change affect collection development in the public library market? What does it say about the value of public libraries? I have far more questions than answers, but hear me out.