Re: Open Access to Books?

From: Klaus Graf <klausgraf_at_GOOGLEMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 03:40:09 +0100

2008/1/20, Stevan Harnad <>:

> The default or null hypothesis -- not just in this instance, but in
> the much more general one, of which books are just a special case -- is
> that, ceteris paribus, yes, if you make a digital version of a product
> free for all online, you will hurt its sales (digital and analogue). There
> may be exceptions, but they have to be demonstrated.

Is there any empirical proof for this default hypothesis? There is
only empirical evidence for the contrary. It's purely nonsense to
state a "default hypothesis" if empirical facts should be given.

Klaus Graf
Received on Sun Jan 20 2008 - 02:56:09 GMT

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