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The American Libraries Association pegs my irony meter

The American Libraries Association has just published what looks like an excellent report on Open Access publishing: Open access: what you need to know now, by Walt Crawford.  It's only 80 pages, much of which is available on Google Books.  (Thanks to Metadata for posting about this.)

The irony?  The ALA could easily provide this report as a pdf for free, but instead they're selling it for $45!  For a 80-page paperback!  There's also an e-book version, $36!)

I've just looked at the author's blog, Walt at Random.  I was hoping to find some expression of concern about this pricing but, although he's an engaging writer with interesting ideas, he seems more concerned with book sales than with readership.

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