Like many others (of which, I am reasonably certain, only a few have posted
comments), I am not exactly thrilled at the subscription access. The
individual rates do at first glance appear to be rather high, however, I
have no doubt as to their appropriateness.
I have been reading the posts as they come across. Here are my personal
COMPARISON WITH OTHER RESOURCES:
Some are lower, others are higher. Some offer general information, others
offer varying levels of greater detail and technicality. Many offer
individual article reprints, single issues, 24 hour and/or 7 day unlimited
access to an article, issue, or journal title all for fees substantially
lower than a full subscription. Each publisher has devised a specific
pricing structure based on their needs and the (perceived) needs of their
users. While there are similarities amongst them, I see no direct
comparison with Internet Archaeology.
My bookshelves contain several reference books. More than one cost more
than what Internet Archaeology is quoting for access. One really nice
aspect of having purchased these reference volumes is the fact that no
matter how often I use them (even over a period of several years), I DO NOT
HAVE TO PAY AGAIN FOR ACCESS to the information contained in them. GEE,
this is kind of like what Internet Archaeology has set forth.
In my own mind, I am going to view this as a PURCHASE as in a book or print
journal subscription as opposed to a RENTAL as in an online subscription. I
like this approach ! If I am unable to timely budget for the next year, I
will still have access to all material for which I have previously paid.
I do have two issues to resolve relevant to fees.
1.) I will be without access for a finite period of time until I am able to
work this into my rather limited budget and then I will have to decide which
section to acquire first.
2.) Judith is going to have to provide me with the answer to this. What is
the individual rate in US$ ?
Lee R. Bradshaw
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