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Next Issue Media, comprised of Hearst Corporation, Condé Nast, News Corporation, Meredith and Time Inc., just launched its digital magazine consortium which allows subscribers to pay a monthly flat rate for access to various top-selling magazines, The New York Times Media Decoder blog reported.

After downloading the Next Issue Media tablet app, users choose to pay either $9.99 for access to all monthly publications available on the app or $14.99 for all monthly and weekly publications, the article said.

According to the Next Issue Media website, current magazines available to users include Time, The New Yorker, Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, People, Elle and Vanity Fair, among others.

Offering a flat rate payment could save readers a great deal of money on subsciptions, since many individual magazine apps range from $1.99 to $5.99 per single issue, Media Decoder said.


Gianna Walton


2012-04-04 12:21

Earlier this week the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published a study about newspapers' often unsuccessful attempt to build digital revenue

As paidContent reported, the study left out data about digital subscriptions revenues, focusing only on advertising revenue.

A press release by Press+ claims to fill that gap, revealing some of the trends they have detected, based on aggregated data collected from 285 publishers who are using the Press+ platform.

All 285 of Press+‘s active affiliates have opted for meters over full paywalls, paidContent reported, quoting co-founder Grodon Crovitz who said: “We now have the data to show that meters are better than old-fashioned paywalls. (…) With meters, publishers keep all their online ad revenue and readership whereas of course with paywalls there’s a big decline in both.”

According to the press release, publishers have found they can set their meter at a lower point than they originally thought, offering fewer articles free, without significant drops in audience or advertising revenues.


Federica Cherubini


2012-03-09 18:39

British newspaper The Guardian revealed last week that it will discontinue its recently updated and paid iPhone app and replace it with a subscription-based one, reported.

The Guardian's mobile product manager Jonathon Moore explained in a blog post that subscribers will be charged £2.99 for six months or £3.99 for 12 months. According to, "No pounds-to-dollars conversion is necessary as in the U.S. it will be free, and advertising supported."


The announcement was made as the newspaper introduced an updated version of its current app, which reported problems with the offline reading mode. The Guardian explained on its website that it has not yet set a date for the launching but "we're working towards a pre-Christmas release."

Moore said the new app will include videos, live soccer scores, goal alerts and the ability to post and read comments. He also reminded that the media company is developing an iPad app.


Clara Mart


2010-12-06 18:21

Conde Nast's social news and discussion website Reddit is moving into the subscription model, after asking users earlier this month for donations, WebProNews reported yesterday. Reddit Gold now has more than 9,000 subscribers, who will have access to special features.

Previously, the site needed more money for staff and technology, and asked users for the donations, creating Reddit Gold for those paying members. Just a week later, the site has received so many donations it has outlined what it will give users, and how it will move from its donation scheme to a paid business model, TheNextWeb explained.

Paid subscribers will get to choose whether they see ads, use of userpage sorting, a feature called "Friends with Benefits," in which users will be able to take notes and see them when they mouse over names, and more, according to paidContent.

New subscribers will pay US$3.99 for Reddit Gold, and for the next week, a special price of $29.99 has been advertised for one year.


Leah McBride Mensching


2010-07-21 23:26

The few newspapers flourishing despite the general current decline in circulation appear to have one thing in common: they give readers what they want, but can't get anywhere else. It is this philosophy that drives today's launch of Appleton Journal, a print weekly aimed at delivering local news typically snubbed by other media, according to WLUK-TV.

"We're basically a scrapbook for moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas, that's all we are," said Times-Villager Newspaper Group General Manager Bart Landsverk. The Appleton Journal is the media group's fourth paid weekly serving Wisconsin's Fox Valley, in the United States.

The same holds true for the Shaw Newspaper Group, the third-oldest continually-owned family media enterprise in the United States, according to the Public Broadcasting System. "Our franchise is local information," President and CEO Thomas Shaw was quoted as saying on Nightly Business Report. "Everything else in the electronic age is world news, national news, even regional news has become a commodity and people can get it just about anywhere. But people cannot get the information we provide our community anywhere but from us."


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-10-28 19:39

Several readers yesterday spontaneously offered to pay for access to The New York Times' online edition, even as the newspaper's own attempt to monetize the service several years ago ended in failure, the New York Observer reported today.

The readers' offers to pay were prompted by yesterday's announcement by The Times that it would seek 100 voluntary resignations or be forced to lay off as many staffers by year's end. Meanwhile, fewer readers urged the newspaper to keep its online edition available free of charge.

The impending layoffs represent a second round of cuts which editorial employees hoped to stave off by bargaining in May for a paycut, the New York Observer reported yesterday.

Despite the five percent paycut and other cost-cutting measures undertaken in recent months, The Times finds itself obliged to press on with the staff reduction in the face of an industrywide crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-10-20 21:30

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