The prices aren’t outrageous – they are the same price as the newspaper, much cheaper if you get a weekly subscription (£2 per week). But when other newspapers like the Telegraph and the Guardian remain free to read online, is anyone really going to pay £1 a day to read Giles Coren? Apparently there are going to be ‘apps’ that enhance the experience and give added value, but what could those be? It seems very vague.
I suppose if it works for them, eventually all newspapers will move over to this model, which just means I will probably stop reading newspapers online entirely. I generally just visit the Guardian or Times Online if I have a spare 10 minutes during the week, see what takes my fancy on the homepage and read an article or two. If I want to read a newspaper, I’ll buy one, which I do once or twice a week. I still find reading in depth articles online difficult – I get distracted by links off to other sites and ads for other articles on the side of the pages.
Still, although I am unconvinced that many people are going to pay, at least they are trialling something. It would be a shame if we lost some of our best newspapers just because cheapos like me read bits for free online instead of buying it every day!