[mla-nynj] Ebsco Cinahl Price Gauging

timroberts at optonline.net timroberts at optonline.net
Fri Aug 1 13:44:45 UTC 2008

I have been happily subscribing to Cinahl from Ovid, as many of you have. Now that EBSCO has pulled the plug entirely I have very reluctantly asked for a price quote. I don't like their search interface, I don't like having to support a new platform, and frankly I don't like EBSCO using librarians & nurses as their punching bags so that they can prove their stones to Ovid.

The one thing that I though could be a plus is that I would now longer be paying a surcharge. As I was getting the database directly from the source I figured the price would go down.

Alas my price increased by 20% to $3000

Below is the pricing that I have been paying for CINAHL. Aside from the indignation at the fact that now that Ebsco has a monopoly on CINAHL they jack up the price 20% - I have a very tight budget and didn’t allot for such a jump.  
2006 - $2237
2007 - $2468
2008 - $2566

Have other prople been finding the same situation? Would any long time Ebsco/Cinahl subscribcribers be willing to share their pricing with the list or with me personally?

Take care, Tim

Timothy Roberts, MLS 
Medical Librarian
Kim Barrett Memorial Library
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
phone: 212-606-1210
fax: 212-774-2779
robertst at hss.edu

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