Reviews Council of Academic and Professional Publishers

John Feather, Robert Losee, Karen Worley
The 1992193 edition of this annual publication marks the end of an era. The year on which it is reporting was the last in which SCONUL and COPOL reported independently of each other. Presumably in future years, CAPP will merge the figures into a single list. decline in the real value of library budgets and the consequent decreases in acquisitions. Elliott and Baker, however, also note the rapidly growing role of various aspects of IT in providing information access in uriiversities, and the
more » ... ntial of the electronic journal. Here there is a slight but significant difference of emphasis. Elliott, the publisher, expresses concern (which librarians should share) about copyright issues and the future economic viability of scholarly publishing. while Baker welcomes the developing ability of librarians to meet the information needs of the users through many different media and technologies. All of this is very interesting, but is it useful? In one sense it is. A11 the data is indeed available elsewhere, but this presentation is more accessible precisely because it is more selective. The analysis is perhaps less interesting, for it adds nothing new: it is no surprise to find a fall of over 40 per cent in expenditure per FTE student on the last fifteen years, nor that the old universities spend almost twice as much per FTE student as do the new universities. On the other hand, Elliott and Baker both provide interesting insights into their respective viewpoints. The researcher will find little here that cannot be found, in more detail, in other publications, and for detailed statistical study will certainly want to go back to CAPP's sources. For the book trade, however, for whom this little pamphlet is prirnarily intended, this is a useful explanation of why one of their most important groups of customers is no longer able to support them as they once did. n1 .LL