GPO is looking for private partnership in its publishing services. GPO states that “The goal is to propose, design, and execute a new model for a publications sales and distribution operation on revenue sharing basis.” more…
It seems like it is explicitly ‘print and tangible’ which means part of the question should be, why are they agressively promoting sales of these while cutting back on depository distribution??? It seems to verify our charges in the paper that trying to sell information conflicts with free distribution — even in the print world, now!
GPO is offering to provide for “the use of its repository of press optimized pdf files for POD production of publications.” They never offered them to depostories, did they?
Here are some questions that come to mind:
Does anyone know anything about gpo’s use of ONIX records? Is this a new thing? Is this parallel to or different from MARC? Don’t we pay for marc, but bookstores get onix free?
In this quote: “…to perform the duties of its Sales and/or Agency Distribution Programs and be the primary distributor for official, authentic government content on a revenue sharing basis.. ” Is the phrase “Agency Distribution Programs” significant to us? The same question re: “the primary distributor for official, authentic government content.”
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