|03-14-2005, 12:27 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Device: Assorted older devices
Will online newspapers stay free?
The New York Times has an article on if online newspapers can stay free (somewhat ironically, free registration required). It's an interesting read, especially how free online papers has caused a loss of actual paper subscriptions.
|03-14-2005, 01:44 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2004
Device: Kindle Touch
Depends. If I had to pay for all online content, I would probably reduce my sources to two or three. I am currently subscribed to WSJ and The Economist. NYT wouldn't be my third choice if I had to.
At the Economist, the mobile version of the printed edition is included in the online subscription.
Someone at Slashdot gave a good list of what news sites can do to fund their content:
|03-14-2005, 07:53 PM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
Device: Kindles: KK, PW & Fire Nooks: Color & GlowLight, Libre Pro, eb1150
I suppose out of the specific models mentioned by Doctorow the aggregator would be the best bang for the buck. I like the idea of paying one fee and having access to several sources.
I have no problem paying for content that I feel is worthy but if every site I accessed regularly began charging I'd have to pare down my surfing quite a bit. Which probably wouldn't be a bad thing now that I think about it :-).
|03-14-2005, 09:12 PM||#4|
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Astoria, NY
Device: Zire 71
Pda versions or online versions need to be significantly cheaper then printed versions for me to pay for them. Then again maybe I won't pay...there will be sources for free versions.
|03-15-2005, 12:25 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2003
Device: Tungsten T5
I believe this is NYT's way of trying to get feedback for its planned subscription model. Already, NYT has added a link to subscribe to its online paper for some weeks now, that link has changed to something like $12.95/8 weeks today. So I expect that a bigger part of its website will be pay only soon, just hope that not enough people sign up that will force it to revert to the free model.
The Register tried to charge for its mobile edition but was probably not successful enough, that they revert it back to free last week.
|03-15-2005, 01:28 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2003
I wouldn't mind paying for my favorite online newspapers, if the price I had to pay was considerably below the price of the print edition.
@gadgetguru: THANK YOU for the reminder that The Register Mobile is now free. I am going to post about it in the New Links section.
|03-16-2005, 06:53 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2004
Device: iPod Touch
strangely enough three other articles -one from cnet, one from the french daily Libération, one from Le Monde- spoke about the same subject (the end of the print on paper press, the rise of free newspapers, the rise in reading news online) in rather different tones
As for me (if you ask ), I think people -more and more of them- are now ready to pay for content on the internet - both music and news-.
I pay for such things as Live365 because they offer a quality service I don't find -free- anywhere else.
I've subscribed to Salon (even though I was able to read them for free) because once again I think the'yre worth it.
I'm a subscriber of Le Monde electronic edition wich offers both the pdf and html print edition, and "free" access to the archives.
It's a 5€/month subscription.
I would be ready to subscribe the same way to the NYT for the same services for a similar low price.
(or for Slate)
Sometimes I don't mind the ads -in AvantGo for instance- sometimes I'm ready to pay a small fee to get good content without ads, and additional services....
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