A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education for a brief comment on this excellent post by Joshua Gans, Harvard Business School Publishing crosses the ‘evil’ academic line. It seems Prof. Gans had found, among others, my post from 2009 raising an eyebrow over the practice of HBSP only allowing persistent links to certain articles if an additional fee was paid.
Here are some additional articles and posts you should read, in addition the the piece that came out in the Chronicle, Librarians Accuse Harvard Business Publishing of Unfair Prices.
- As in 2009, Meredith is all over the issue in a very articulate way: I hate to say “I told you so.” Drawing the line with HBR.
- Prof. Gans has a followup post on the Digitopoly site: Clarifying the issues with Harvard Business Review.
- The Financial Times piece referenced by Meredith and written by Dr. Gans: Harvard Business Review should pay a price for its fees.
I love the idea that HBSP might be overstepping its bounds legally, at least here in Canada, with respect to Fair Dealing. I also love the idea of taking action to have Harvard Business Review dropped from the FT Top 45.
I hope this one doesn't slowly sink away before the right thing is done!
Update a few minutes later: Somehow I missed this last post on the topic at Digitopoly: HBR Responds and I React