More in a similar vein–except substitute Harvard for Oprah. And periodicals for books. From the New York Times (“At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on the Web,” by Patricia Cohen):
Publish or perish has long been the burden of every aspiring university professor. But the question the Harvard faculty will decide on Tuesday is whether to publish – on the Web, at least – free.
Faculty members are scheduled to vote on a measure that would permit Harvard to distribute their scholarship online, instead of signing exclusive agreements with scholarly journals that often have tiny readerships and high subscription costs.
The concept–an open-access publishing system that would require authors to “opt out” if they didn’t want their works to be published for free–is, of course, controversial. And, as one prof notes, it’s redundant in a way, because already, thanks to technology, "any professor who wants to put his or her article up online can."
And Stuart Shieber, a professor of computer science, proves the value of a Harvard education:
"As far as I know, everyone I’ve ever talked to is supportive of the underlying principle. Still there is a difference between an underlying principle and specific proposal."