Saturday, March 27

Pay to read?

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The Times and Sunday Times are going to start charging for access to their websites -- £1 for a day's access and £2 for a week's subscription.

In my opinion they're still locked into a paradigm that belonged to a bygone era. We don't want to pay for total access. But we will pay for articles if they are reasonably priced. IOW, I'm not willing to pay for access to a lot of stuff I'm uninterested in but I would be willing to pay for individual stories. However, the news people would all have to work together and come up with some kind of common micro-payment system.

It's not that we're unwilling to pay for journalism -- just that we're unwilling to pay for a whole bundle of information when we only have time for a small amount of it. À la carte please. ~ link

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