Yesterday, the popular JSTOR digital academic library published one tweet stating that 6.000 of her eBooks and over 150 magazines are available for free to everyone.
The organization reported that eBooks and public health science journals can be read for free until June 30. For those who did not have access to the JSTOR library, they can now read all the content on offer without the need for an account.
An internet frenzy ensued as many remembered Aaron Swartz, the co-founder of Reddit, who was accused of downloading content from the JSTOR library and making it available to everyone for free.
In 2012, the federal court met and sentenced him to 35 years in prison and a $ 1 million fine for Aaron Swartz. In January 2013, Swartz was found dead in his apartment, (hanged) when he failed to reach an agreement with JSTOR.
While many are celebrating JSTOR's new move, the company's twitter account said this section of the JSTOR library will be temporarily open.
Although opening a part of the library is a good initiative. Basically JSTOR should have made more concessions with free content, especially when it has been involved in such a big controversy.
You can access the JSTOR open library from here.