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Scholarly Kitchen to charge subscription fees

The Library Radish has learned that the Scholarly Kitchen Blog is one of the first blogs to start charging subscription fees for readers.  As of September 1, 2012, readers will need to pony up over $5,000/year for an online subscription. 

In an interview with one of the blog’s frequent authors, Kent Anderson noted that the idea for a subscription fee occurred in the middle of writing this book review, “Review: ‘Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back’.”  He said, “You know, it just came to me.  Here we are creating extremely valuable information and insight, and we are just giving it all away for free on this blog.  Why the fuck are we doing that? I bet we could make a crap ton of money if we sold subscriptions to this blog.  Everybody knows that people only value things when they have to pay for it out of their own pocket.”  When asked how they came up with the subscription charges, he replied, “Well, our accountants figured that the suckers [oops, I mean readers; you aren’t going to keep that are you?] would be willing to part with $99 on their credit card each week to have access to the blog.  We publish about 3-5 items a week, and we figured, hey, those items are worth about $20-33 per article, right?” 


Jeremy B. Eel’s list of Predatory Microformat Publishers

Jeremy B. Eel created a HUGE list of Predatory Microformat Publishers.  This includes those awful predatory publishers of content on microfilm, microfiche and micro-opaques!  Some of the predatory publishers include the likes of Adam Matthew, BMI and others.  Take a look at this scandalous list here.