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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"

Anyone want to consider the rise or fall the subscription model 
outside of journals, which has been the discussion so far?

On Tue, 25 Oct 2011, Ann Okerson wrote:

> Fred:  In library training, we learned that the basic 
> definition of serials is "publications intended to be continued 
> indefinitely." (Or at least for some time to come.)  By my 
> lights, then, a "subscription" represents any ongoing, regular 
> payment for such continuing publications.
> Does this help with definitions?  Ann
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM, FrederickFriend
> <ucylfjf@ucl.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Well, Ann, if you wanted to start a controversial thread, I 
>> suspect you will have succeeded! Let me ask for clarification 
>> on the definition of the topic. I assume that you are asking 
>> about subscriptions in relation to journals or works in 
>> series. And I wonder how precise you want to be in your 
>> definition of "subscription"? I am not sure, for example, that 
>> a "big deal" counts as a subscription. I have thought of a 
>> "big deal" as being a licence for a specific period of time, 
>> and - in my view - part of the problem we have currently is 
>> that "big deals" have swallowed up journals which would 
>> otherwise be available on subscription. Anybody who knows me 
>> will not be surprised to learn that I see OA models as 
>> replacing both "big deals" and individual subscriptions to a 
>> large extent, but there will certainly be disagreement amongst 
>> liblicense subscribers about the extent and the timing of that 
>> development.
>> Fred Friend