Following up on the recent post regarding the crisis in art book publishing, this 'just in':
Access to the online version of the Chronicle is by login and password. Museum staff can read it with the intercession of a reference librarian. Everyone else is up to their own devices.
Here's a teaser of the article:
If scholarly publishing had an endangered-species list, the art monograph would be at the top. At least that's the perception of many art historians as they struggle to publish their work.
"Between dwindling sales and the soaring costs of acquiring illustrations and the permission to publish them, this segment of the publishing industry has become so severely compromised that the art monograph is now seriously endangered and could very well outpace the silvery minnow in its rush to extinction," writes Susan M. Bielstein in a recent call to arms, Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk About Art as Intellectual Property, published this spring by the University of Chicago Press.
This was no doubt the impetus for Christopher Lyon's musings in Art in America.