No More Stacks of Back Issues

By Deane Barker on September 16, 2004

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Here’s an obvious situation that may not have occured to a lot of people.

Struggling to find the space in a small corporate library for the ever-expanding collection of serials, I was delighted to buy a site license and have full-text-searchable issues available at the desktops of every employee.

Everything was fine until publishers increased subscription prices for electronic subscription packages, and I was forced to cut back. Since the back issues were housed on the publisher’s server, I lost access to the archived issues when I didn’t renew my subscription.

Had I maintained a print subscription, I would have retained those back issues; my switch to all-electronic copies meant that I lost ownership of the material I had paid for.

You now that stack of old copies of “Car and Driver” you have laying around and page through every once in a while? It just won’t be the same.

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