The Editors of the Akron Law Review have asked me what I think of Bernard Hibbitts's suggestion that legal scholars do away with the law review as an institution and publish their work directly on the Internet, as he has done.
I like the idea of publishing one's work directly on the Internet. Self- publishing has a long and honorable history. Indeed, our early colonial patriots surreptitiously typeset tracts and pamphlets like Common Sense in homes and small back-alley print shops and distributed them themselves a method that could be likened to today's desktop and Internet publishing. Even in our day, one reads of self-publishing or vanity press books that outsell ones put out by mega-presses like Oxford or Princeton. Many such books boast a spontaneity and originality the products of these other presses cannot match.
"Eliminate the "Middle Man"?,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 30
, Article 5.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol30/iss2/5