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VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

July 2019

Ithaka SR, a non-profit set up to help academic and cultural communities serve the public good, has published the preliminary findings of an analysis of Library Acquisition Patterns – the full report is expected this Fall.

They started the project to look a bit deeper into the apparent trend of decreasing library purchases, which was based primarily on data from traditional vendors.

They found that Amazon.com has between 2005 and 2017 grown to become the second larger vendor for the 54 HE institutions in the analysis, with over 25% of all academic book purchases by university libraries done with Amazon.

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