Friday, February 08, 2019

More newspapers and periodicals act like they want to monopolize readers with paywalls, and that's bad



Max Read, of “New York” Magazine, argues that paid digital subscriptions are working fairly well as a business model, and not just for the New York Times.
  
With periodicals (even this one), there is similar success.  Conde Nast is going to full paywalls. 
  
I’ve recommended paywall consolidation (into "bundles") as a business idea before. I think periodicals should sell single digital issues without full subscriptions, so you can buy individual copies the way you would in a supermarket or even a Barnes and Noble.


It’s important that readers be able to vary their publication diet to avoid the echo chambers and algorithms.  I don’t even expect anyone to be monopolized by me.

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