Thomas E. Herndon
Multimedia and Interdisciplinary Programs Librarian
Johnson Center Library
George Mason University
----- Original Message -----
From: "VENTURA, GERIE" <GVENTURA@highline.edu>
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003 3:25 pm
Subject: cost of DVD's
> I'm probably violating email etiquette by doing this, and I'm
> sorry if it's someone on this list, but I think the issue is
> A librarian at our library forwarded this email (below) to me from
> another listserv. It brings up yet another interesting aspect in
> relation to DVD's, which I notice is a frequent topic of
> discussion lately.
> We are attempting to "up" our purchases in the DVD format.
> Have a great day.
> Gerie Ventura
> Highline Community College Library, Media Services
> Des Moines, WA
> e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> "I had a very strained conversation at ALA Midwinter with two reps
> from Films
> for the Humanities. As one of the most popular vendors of educational
> videos, they are at the top of our list when it comes to selecting
> titles.However, they have recently decided to charge an additional
> fee for the DVD
> format of any of their VHS titles. I asked for an explanation and
> got a very
> defensive vice president of sales practically in my face. She told
> me that
> there are digital licensing issues, hence the added fee.
> I noticed in Baker and Taylor today that there is no difference in the
> charge for the VHS format vs. the DVD format for many popular
> of them feature films, others produced by Kultur, for example,
> that are
> older films being re-released. They don't seem to have an issue
> wherein they
> add an extra cost."