The Literary Saloon is dismayed by the shrinking number of English-language publications offering unencumbered access to book reviews. Access to reviews at The Spectator is now predicated upon registration, according to the Saloon, where the proprietor says:
Publications are, of course, free to do as they wish, but we’re always greatly disappointed when a site demands registration. Asking for money we could almost understand, but information ? After all, no one in their right minds would give accurate information, so demographically (and so specifically for marketing purposes) what they get is utterly worthless.
We did, of course, ‘sign up’ at The Spectator — and we’ll probably do so a couple of more times. But at some point we imagine that their advertisers will question why they have so many registered users in, say, Inner Mongolia.