Springer is now owned by Candover and run by Derk Haank - ex Elsevier.
Richard Poynder interviewed him in the Sept issue of Information Today under
the aptly titled "Put up or Shut up" freely available on the web at
http://www.infotoday.com/it/sep04/poynder.shtml . Candover's interest is
maximising return on capital employed - full stop; they just happen to be
doing it via academic publishing at present.
You could always go for document delivery for back issues as appropriate
but them I am ex BLDSC. Mike McGrath
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Symonds" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2004 12:55 PM
Subject: Re: Springer's latest rip off
> >A personal soap-box: these types of individual title subscriptions, from
>>any publisher, should not be described as 'free with print' though, as it
>>a combined subscription (especially if not optional) then it is "included
>>the price" NOT 'free'.
> I totally agree. But that's the thing isn't it, they probably worked out
> the linguistics of it ages ago. If it's down as free then it can be taken
> away at any point and with no legal problems. If it had been included in
> the price then it would be down to the terms and conditions of the
> contracts signed at the time and I'm guessing there would be no mention of
> access to online archives in those contracts. Saying it's free gives them
> massive get out clause. The fact that you didn't have a choice doesn't
> really come into it. They can certainly argue they didn't have to give you
> online access but they did it out of the kindness of their hearts, to
> foster a 'system of academic intercourse' or something. It's the whole,
> 'you're lucky we gave it to you free for so long' attitude that I'm sure
> we're going to see more of from many publishers.
> Of course there are costs involved in maintaining access to archives (and
> the added costs of archiving even further back) but I very much doubt the
> running costs come to the level of increases I see mentioned here.
> Especially if you got the same service for no added costs the year before.
> What happened? Did their computer system burn down and they needed to
> again from scratch?
> They are bleeding some of us dry with their shenanigans and it's just a
> matter of at what stage each of us gets to a financial limit that causes
> cancelations and a degradation of our library services. And unfortunately
> I'm guessing that is well before the number of cancellations would start
> hitting them where it hurts.
> Kevin Symonds
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