„Hätten wir Springer an die Börse gebracht, dann wären wir heute alle reich!“


Must-Read Interview of Richard Poynder with Derk Haank, CEO of Springer.

Die Krise von 2009 scheint überwunden:

What we have experienced in 2010 is not so much that things are back to normal, but that conditions are recovering, and we are seeing decent growth again. Conditions are not easy, but there is no crisis.

Über Preissteigerungen

The Big Deal is the best invention since sliced bread.

Actually, there is a price list. But the truth of the matter is that every librarian today is pleading poverty, and so they always negotiate the prices down. You may call that secrecy; I would argue that it is just the normal way of doing business.

Es gibt keine Zeitschriftenpreiskrise mehr, Bibliotheken haben sowieso Zugriff auf alles, Open Access wird nie über 10% kommen, usw usf..

Über neue Märkte

Springer will sel information to individuals. I am thinking of people who are not scientists but who might be willing to pay small sums of money for the information that we can provide. So while we will continue to sell and licence our products to universities and other research institutions, we would also like to sell information to individuals. […] I don’t know about you, but I am rapidly becoming addicted to the iPad. Perhaps the iPad will help here.

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