Friday, May 19, 2006

Canadian Law Serials Price Increases for 2005

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) just published its most recent annual Serials Tracking Report.

The report is based on data for 219 titles in the following categories: Administrative, Civil Practice and Procedures, Commercial, Constitutional and Human Rights, Corporate and Securities, Criminal, Employment and Labour, Environment and Resources, Estates, Trusts and Wills, Family, General, Insurance, Labour, Law Reports, Legislation, Property, Taxation, Torts.

The average price increase from 2004 to 2005 is 6.3%, down from 9.5% reported for the period 2003-2004. This is still three times higher than the official Statistics Canada inflation rate.

The highest price increases in 2004-2005 were seen for serials on Taxation (19%), Estates Trusts & Wills (18.9%), followed by Insurance (16.6%), Torts (15.5%), Constitutional & Human Rights (11.9%), Employment & Labour (11%), and Criminal (10.4%).

The rate of serials price changes for the main publishers ranged from a high of 20% for Canada Law Book down to a 28% price reduction for Government publications . This is the second consecutive year with Canada Law Book price increases of 20%.

When it comes to publication format, price changes range from an 11% increase for digests to a 29% price reduction for legislation products.

In 2005, the largest subscription price increases were for two French-language titles published by Carswell: Faillite et insolvabilité (415%) and L'assurance automobile au Québec (255%).

An additional 48 titles were reduced in price, including: Statutes of Nova Scotia (minus 78.64%) and Canada Supreme Court reports (minus 57.56%).

Serials Tracking Reports from previous years are available on the CALL website.

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