For-Pay Speedbumps

November 27th, 2002  |  Published in Uncategorized

Jon Udell reports that Byte is in trouble and moving to subscriptions. The pain is that older content has been locked behind a “gee, sorry, now pay up” message. Their right, because it’s their content, but this is the sort of thing that plays prominently in a bit I’m working on: Jon’s work is just one example of the sort of organized knowledge that stands to drop into the bitbucket with the publications that own it. It doesn’t have to be that way, but that’s going to be the story as more and more “new economy” publishing ventures croak.

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