Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105328
Title:
Environmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Content
Author:
Darimont, Albert W.
Citation:
Environmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Content 2001-11,
Issue Date:
Nov-2001
Description:
created for OnDisC
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105328
Submitted date:
2003-03-25
Abstract:
The objective of this research project was to perform an environmental scan of pricing models for online content that could help the OnDisC alliance formulate an effective ecommerce model. Towards this end a number of literature searches, interviews and web searches were performed. The research was directed in several areas to ensure that the results provided a broad context: e-business models in general and for electronic content in particular; the developments in the library field towards digitization in general and in the use of ejournals in particular; iscussions with specialists in a number of relevant fields; and a broad survey of content providers on the internet. The e-business literature revealed the breadth of different pricing models available and gave insight into the nature of price and market differentiation, which is an effective strategy for increasing the user base for digital content. An example of price differentiation is to sell the same product to two different kinds of users at different prices thereby maximizing overall revenue. Libraries have been at the forefront of technological changes for many decades, and much research has already been done on the potential for e-journals to greatly improve library service for academic institutions. Electronic journals allow for the dis-aggregation of journals and novel pricing schemes using bundling of articles and metered use (pay as you go). Libraries tend to like the flexibility and cost savings that these novel pricing schemes allow but there are disadvantages such as increased administrative overhead and the potential for metering to inhibit end users. The discussions with industry specialists and subsequent web searches revealed a number of content aggregators â organizations which accumulate digital content from a number of different providers for redistribution â which have moved beyond the stage of subsidized pilot project status towards operational independence. Background papers Environmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Content and pricing schedules were found for JSTOR, AMICO (Art Museum Image Consortium), SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) and ECO (Early Canadiana Online) which revealed that all of them use price differentiated academic institution subscriptions to generate revenue. Two of the four, JSTOR and ECO charge a one-time up-front fee to help pay for the cost of initial content digitizing. Web searches revealed a number of sites offering cultural and educational content in various formats including streaming video, audio, text, animation, images. Many of these sites generate revenue from banner advertising, affiliate eferrals, product sales, and donations as well as ubscriptions. Many pricing models are possible by ombining or blending the above revenue streams. The wide variety of cultural and educational content available on the web ttests to the effectiveness of these models.
Type:
Report
Language:
en
Keywords:
Distributed Learning; Learning Science; Economics of Information
Local subject classification:
Pricing models; E-commerce model; Digital aggregators

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dc.contributor.authorDarimont, Albert W.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2003-03-25T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:23:48Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11en_US
dc.date.submitted2003-03-25en_US
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Content 2001-11,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105328-
dc.descriptioncreated for OnDisCen_US
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this research project was to perform an environmental scan of pricing models for online content that could help the OnDisC alliance formulate an effective ecommerce model. Towards this end a number of literature searches, interviews and web searches were performed. The research was directed in several areas to ensure that the results provided a broad context: e-business models in general and for electronic content in particular; the developments in the library field towards digitization in general and in the use of ejournals in particular; iscussions with specialists in a number of relevant fields; and a broad survey of content providers on the internet. The e-business literature revealed the breadth of different pricing models available and gave insight into the nature of price and market differentiation, which is an effective strategy for increasing the user base for digital content. An example of price differentiation is to sell the same product to two different kinds of users at different prices thereby maximizing overall revenue. Libraries have been at the forefront of technological changes for many decades, and much research has already been done on the potential for e-journals to greatly improve library service for academic institutions. Electronic journals allow for the dis-aggregation of journals and novel pricing schemes using bundling of articles and metered use (pay as you go). Libraries tend to like the flexibility and cost savings that these novel pricing schemes allow but there are disadvantages such as increased administrative overhead and the potential for metering to inhibit end users. The discussions with industry specialists and subsequent web searches revealed a number of content aggregators â organizations which accumulate digital content from a number of different providers for redistribution â which have moved beyond the stage of subsidized pilot project status towards operational independence. Background papers Environmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Content and pricing schedules were found for JSTOR, AMICO (Art Museum Image Consortium), SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) and ECO (Early Canadiana Online) which revealed that all of them use price differentiated academic institution subscriptions to generate revenue. Two of the four, JSTOR and ECO charge a one-time up-front fee to help pay for the cost of initial content digitizing. Web searches revealed a number of sites offering cultural and educational content in various formats including streaming video, audio, text, animation, images. Many of these sites generate revenue from banner advertising, affiliate eferrals, product sales, and donations as well as ubscriptions. Many pricing models are possible by ombining or blending the above revenue streams. The wide variety of cultural and educational content available on the web ttests to the effectiveness of these models.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectDistributed Learningen_US
dc.subjectLearning Scienceen_US
dc.subjectEconomics of Informationen_US
dc.subject.otherPricing modelsen_US
dc.subject.otherE-commerce modelen_US
dc.subject.otherDigital aggregatorsen_US
dc.titleEnvironmental Scan of Pricing Models for Online Contenten_US
dc.typeReporten_US
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