The Statute of Anne makes for interesting reading.
For instance, if books were perceived as overpriced, any individual could make a complaint to the authorities (among them the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Court, the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge). Booksellers and printers could be summoned to justify the "reason of dearness." If the price was found to be excessive, the authorities could, "limit and settle the price for every such printed book."
And for each book printed, "nine copies upon the best paper," were to be reserved for "the Royal Library, the Libraries of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Libraries of the Four Universities in Scotland, the Library of Sion College in London, and the Library commonly called the Library belonging to the Faculty of Advocates at Edinburgh." If delivery of books did not take place within ten days after receiving a demand from a library, the offender was fined five pounds (per book).
What would five pounds in 1710 be equivalent to today?