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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As newspapers turn . . .With big evil bloggers threatening their very existence, the newspapers have finally called upon the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad!
The Newport (R.I.) Daily News will now charge $145 annually to a newspaper subscriber, $245 if a subscriber wants the paper and access to the paper’s web site—and, here’s the key figure, $345 if the subscriber only wants the web site. Yes, you’re reading correctly; this means someone has to pay an extra $100 not to get the newspaper.
Let me know how that works for you.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:10pm
I’ll take the Newport Daily News in the next death pool.
Posted 06/23 at 04:25 PM
This actually makes sense. Newspapers receive advertising dollars based on circulation of the physical paper (more room for ads in the physical paper than online). Advertising dollars pay for most of a newspaper’s operating costs. The advertisers want people to get the physical paper, ergo the NDN does too.
Posted 06/23 at 04:36 PM
This is pure extortion. “And for an extra $100, we’ll refrain from throwing trash in your yard every morning.”
Posted 06/23 at 04:40 PM
The reason it doesn’t make sense is that people will stop reading their paper anyway.
They’ll just use other sites for their Web news, and the NDN will lose their dollars entirely.
Yet another newspaper move to be attributed to “angry old men shaking fist at Internet.”
Posted 06/23 at 04:53 PM
Oh, just saw this in the PaidContent.org article:
Maybe they remembered the old TV series: although the bullets bounced off Superman, he always ducked when they threw the gun.
Posted 06/23 at 05:08 PM
I like the way Jamie thinks. It’s like a protection racket: “Gee, that’s a real nice driveway you got there, it’d be a shame if someone threw newspapers all over it.”
Posted 06/23 at 05:16 PM
Jamie’s right. It might even work. I wish the local paper to which I am not a subscriber but which, regardless, is dumped daily somewhere vaguely in my yard for free gave me a similar option.
I wouldn’t pay $100 a year, but the number is surely (and possibly meaningfully) non-zero.
Posted 06/23 at 05:27 PM
Aaron Moreno said...
And if you don’t want the paper or the website at all?
Brother, you couldn’t afford it.
Posted 06/23 at 06:38 PM
I like this business model. If I still wrote a blog, I’d offer it thusly:
Give me $50 if you’d like to read the print outs of the blog. Give me $100 if you’d like to read the printouts, and read the blog online. Give me $150 to just read the blog. Thanks!
Posted 06/23 at 06:47 PM
Oh, and fun fact: if you Google the title of just about any article behind a pay wall (like, for instance, any article on WSJ.com), you can read the article for free.
Either everyone will be able to read the Newport Daily News online for free, or the NDN won’t be indexed by Google, and they won’t be getting hits anyway.
Posted 06/23 at 06:56 PM
Sara K said...
Denied the opportunity to use their talents in the service of their country, they began to offer a subscription that they called ‘The Subscription.’ They would select a victim and then threaten to send him a newspaper if he paid the so-called subscription money. Four months later they started another subscription which they called ‘The Other Subscription.’ In this racket they selected another victim and threatened not to send him a newspaper if he didn’t pay them. One month later they hit upon ‘The Other Other Subscription’. In this the victim was threatened that if he didn’t pay them enough, they would send him a newspaper. This for the Newport Daily News was the turning point.
Posted 06/23 at 11:04 PM
Andy H said...
This reminds me of ESPN The Magazine. If you sign up for “Insider” online, it is quite an effort to get them to quit sending you the magazine.
Posted 06/24 at 07:48 AM
Splint Chesthair said...
$245 a year for a local newspaper? People would actually pay for this? All you have to do is subscribe to local people via Twitter and you’ll get all the news and juicy background way before any newspaper can come out with the boiled down white bread version of it.
Case in point, one local at a bar tweeted about cops finding a body in a nearby alleyway one night. Paper had it TWO days later.
Posted 06/24 at 09:42 AM
Jason B said...
...I thought we were the People’s Front of Judea…
Posted 06/24 at 12:41 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Posted 06/24 at 12:43 PM
Sara K said...
You were waiting on that one, admit it!
Posted 06/24 at 01:49 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
For a whole day. I was wondering when someone would throw me a bone, there.
Posted 06/24 at 01:56 PM
Sara K said...
Glad someone let you get it out…it must have been like a 16 ton weight on your mind.
Posted 06/24 at 02:22 PM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
All you have to do is subscribe to local people via Twitter and you’ll get all the news and juicy background way before any newspaper can come out with the boiled down white bread version of it.
Really? Try looking at the tweets from the DC Metro Crash over the first half-hour or so. It’ll “sound” familiar to this.
Posted 06/24 at 06:47 PM