Actually, this has happened, to a VERY large extent, in academic publishing.
Many libraries have cancelled print subscriptions (NOT the content, but the
format) in favor of electronic versions. Though large, research libraries
are/may be still be holding on to print subscriptions.
This electronic access both meets and builds our users' preferences and
expectations for 24/7/365 access.
Journals from publishers that do not provide electronic content receive
decreasing use, in some cases resulting in the subscription being cancelled
*because* it is not being used.
There has been a VERY steep learning curve all around for this new model of
delivery. Librarians' fears over the stability of online access are greatly
diminished from where they were 15 years ago. But concerns for ongoing
access to licensed (rather than owned) content is still an issue being
Other business opportunities have emerged from this model too, as third
party software products (such as Serials Solutions and ExLibris SFX - among
others) provide for digital rights management and facilitated access to
-- deg farrelly, Associate Librarian Arizona State University at the West Campus PO Box 37100 Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100 Phone: 602.543.8522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: Jonathan Miller <email@example.com> > Reply-To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> > Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:55:27 -0400 > To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: [Videolib] Streaming and course management systems (CDigix) > > How is it this forecast has not happened to any large extent, as far as I > know, with print, i.e. academic journals? (where the prices would provide a > great incentive) or even consumer newspapers and magazines (where there is > a bigger public)? the content of which (text) can be easily distributed > with today's technology. > > JM
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