Subscription business model

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Peak Subscription

Since the late 1990s there have been two drivers of growth in STM and scholarly publishing: site licensing and global expansion. As successful as these activities have been, however, we appear to be nearing, if not a peak, at least a plateau. Institutional library budgets have not kept pace with the growth in global research output. At the same time, institutional market penetration is nearing saturation for many publishers.

So the question is, where is the growth going to come from? Continue reading

Libraries and Kindle Unlimited

Could a Kindle Unlimited subscription replace your local library? What can scholarly publishers learn from Amazon’s tactics here? Continue reading

Hiding in Plain Sight — Is the Subscription Model the Optimal Business Model for the Digital Age?

The half-forgotten subscription model deserves our praise and renewed attention. In the Digital Age, it has become more popular than ever. Continue reading

The Conversations We’re Not Having — Overcoming Uncertainty, Chilling Effects, and Open Access Complacency

While open access remains a hot topic in our industry, we may not be discussing the most difficult aspects. Worse, OA proponents themselves may not be answering some of the questions that are now arising as a broader swath of academics, scientists, and administrators become aware of OA. Continue reading

Have Journal Prices Really Increased Much in the Digital Age?

A new report on institutional information expenditures raises the real possibility that instead of their being a pricing problem, there’s a quantity problem driving expenditures. Continue reading

Moving Scholarly Society Members Online-Only – Are We Reaching the Tipping Point?

More value can be delivered online, and members seem to be seeking it. Is it time to move to an online-only benefits model for societies? Continue reading

Authors Aren’t Scientists, Scientists Are Authors — Why Catering to a Role Can Inhibit Robust Publishing

“Author-service” journals sound like a straightforward proposition, but when you contemplate how authorship is a minority activity by a minority of practicing scientists and science practitioners, it becomes much less clear that author service is enough to support robust publishing practices. Continue reading

Open Access Embargoes — How Long Is Long Enough?

Most publishers offering delayed free access to journal articles set their embargo period more than a decade ago. Is it time to revisit the access embargo? Continue reading

(Re)Defining the Library, Part 1: Why?

With changes in the scholarly communications world, many old questions for the library are unsettled once again, and many news ones arise. In this first part of a two-part post, we’ll ask the questions. Continue reading

Echoes of England — European Commission Backs Open Access by 2014 in Statement

The EU follows in lockstep with the UK, with a statement instead of a mandate. Are the gloves about to come off? Continue reading

The ALPSP Report on Six-Month Embargo Mandates — STM Journals Die Slowly, Social Science Journals Die Quickly

The ALPSP study of the possible effects of a six-month embargo for journal content shows that humanities and social science journals are more at-risk, but the entire industry could find the precipice if such mandates were to take shape. Continue reading

College & Research Libraries Adopts Open Access

After years of debate, ACRL will finally “walk the talk.” But without a business model, they could get tripped up. Continue reading

The Upside of Paywalls Revisited — Now With Actual Data

Despite hand-wringing about the Times UK’s paywall, the numbers show that revenues may have justified the move. Continue reading

Waiting for a Solution: When Will Subscriptions Reach the iPad?

Publishers still have to sell iPad content via single-issue apps. When will a subscription app finally be allowed? Continue reading

The Subscription Model Lives and Thrives

The subscription model is all around us, as is the subscription mentality. Why did US publishers back away from it? Continue reading

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