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Dealing with the pay wall economy

Ben Brooks gets close to the heart of the problem with pay walls when he writes Subscription Hell. It’s hard to make money from pay walls. The only online sites that do well are those like New Zealand’s National Business Review or The Economist. Both serve well-heeled audiences with unique, quality content readers can’t get […]

New Zealand Herald digital — newspaper without paper

The New Zealand Herald sent an email today inviting readers to subscribe to a NZ$25 a month digital edition. This is a good idea. A digital edition is an exact electronic copy of the print edition. The paper is available online at 6am each day. It is separate from the website version of the paper at […]

Subscriptions, not paywalls

Karen Fratti thinks publishers need to stop using the word ‘paywall’ to describe ways online sites charge readers. She prefers we talk about subscriptions. Fratti writes:  let’s stop talking about putting up walls to keep people out. The paywall has only led to griping from consumers who’ve reached their monthly article limit, and unique ways to get […]

Fairfax to go digital-only

Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood says the media company will move to a digital-only model. Hywood doesn’t put a date on it but says the move will be in the future and only if print becomes unprofitable. This makes perfect sense even if there’s little evidence of other newspaper publishers making a successful move to digital. Media companies have […]

Mobile news readers

Remember how publishers saw tablets and mobile apps as an opportunity to reboot the online news business? Or Rupert Murdoch describing Apple’s iPad as the newspaper industry’s saviour? They had a point. The latest numbers from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism show readers who use apps to get news are more attractive customers […]