Actually, anyone can read “Miss Emily and the Bibliographer” for free, but they need a (free) MyJSTOR account to do so. As to your larger point, the effort to free scholarly articles is well underway. It’s been slow in coming to the humanities, however, owing to many reasons, economics chief among them. Many scholarly societies depend on revenue from journal subscriptions, for one thing. Also, humanities scholars have been slower to embrace — and trust — open access articles, probably because there are fewer strong models than exist in the sciences (e.g., PLoS). That’s about to change, though: the Open Library of the Humanities, a project that my library is helping to fund, will begin publishing articles later this year.