It has struck everyone lately that publishers are starting to kind of flake out. One tactful executive from a vendor serving the publishing community described the phenomenon as an explosion of experimentation with business models. Last October, Financial Times (FT) announced to the world that only the blessed among enterprises could enter the kingdom of heaven (i.e., access FT content). The only exceptions to this rule would be those already heaven-bound, namely academic institutions and public libraries licensing FT content through some third-party vendor. By eliminating any reasonable way to reach a large body of relevant content, it will have established a denial-of-content policy that damages the information welfare of users. It will have violated the ethics of the information profession.
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