I have grown interested in the debates on open access, for what they tell us about access to information but also for what we can learn about internet communications today. Nature has published an op-ed by Kate Worlock outlining some of the pros and cons of open access publishing.
The majority of learned societies continue to publish their journals simultaneously in print and online and will in all likelihood need to continue charging for print editions, perhaps on a print-on-demand basis, even if access to the electronic edition has been made free of charge. At present, many learned society members continue to prefer to receive their edition of the journal in print. Making a move directly to open access publishing and charging extra to receive a print copy could alienate a large percentage of the membership base.
Here is the link to the full article.