Calling something a “monopoly” has been misleading in many cases, but the new economy may require a complete rethinking of the anti-competitiveness created by intermediaries at scale.
A history of the rise of coercive media suggests that raising barriers to entry may be a remedy. Could a business model shift do most of the work for us?
The read-and-publish business model has been introduced to the U.S. by MIT and the Royal Society of Chemistry. It has implications for publishers, however, that must be studied carefully.
In Springer Nature’s “botched” IPO, did the market see it as one of the publishers at risk of being left behind by real innovation in scholarly communication and research workflow?
Publishers have shown themselves to be resourceful, navigating troubled waters to growth and profitability.
Even Silicon Valley is finding that recurring revenues (aka, subscriptions) lead to more valuable businesses, while helping smaller companies thrive.
Is copyright infringement malum prohibitum (wrong only because it’s prohibited) or malum in se (morally wrong in and of itself)? Interestingly, scholcomm commentators and legal reference materials often characterize it as the former–while both statute and case law treat it like the latter, classifying it as “property theft” and regularly awarding its victims both statutory and punitive damages.
Society publishers resist the sale of their publications to bidders from the commercial world because they view the publications as a central component of the society itself.
Haggling for cheaper content today will certainly have hidden and unpleasant costs — large and small — down the road.
How can secrecy and openness most productively coexist when it comes to the intellectual property of universities and their research faculty? Some thoughts from the new vice president for technology and venture commercialization at a Tier 1 research university.
The buzz around blockchain is mounting. But does it fit with scholarly publishing’s incentives and practices?
What might the recent backlash to revelations about how Facebook was exploited mean for the scholarly ecosystem?
Research publishers may acquire textbook publishers in order to increase market share in libraries with inclusive access programs
Overlooking the need for paid Editorial Office staff hobbles many attempts to reform peer review.
Silicon Valley’s advertising model has been exploited, and free information’s price is more apparent. Will we be saved by subscription model innovations?