They like that such “indie” publishing gives freelancers an opportunity to get paid for writing stuff they might otherwise end up posting for free somewhere on the web. On the other hand, independent magazine such as The Magazine require payment of an annual or monthly subscription price for access to individual issues, just as is the case with the digital editions of more established magazines like The Economist and the New Yorker.
There’s no law that says that anything you published online has to be free and open. In my case I do have a blog where I publish information related to my own consulting and research interests. Since this is largely a promotional publication for me the last thing I want is to shut people off from being able to access the website, so I make it free and accept no advertising.
Also, I’m frustrated if I want to share a web link to a payment-required magazine’s article that requires payments or subscription. Generally I don’t share such links if I think a recipient will be frustrated by clicking on a nonworking link. I wouldn’t want that to happen to me, other things being equal.
Being paid to publish an article in a payment-required indie magazine such as The Magazine sounds like a great idea if that’s the business you’re in. But for me, I have to balance such opportunities against the loss of potential sharable links both for my own articles and those written by others I want to link to or share.
Copyright (c) 2013 by Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. Dennis is a Washington DC area consultant specializing in project management, digital strategy, and technology adoption. His clients have included the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Jive Software, the National Library of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, Social Media Today and Oracle, and the World Bank Group. Contact Dennis via email at email@example.com or by phone at 703-402-7382.