– The Democrat and Chronicle announced today it will begin charging online customers around May 1, “ending a free ride.” Rates and the number of articles visitors will be able to read for free per month haven’t been determined:
New content, such as additional coverage of food and wine, and innovation, entrepreneurship and small business, will be added, (Publisher Michael) Kane said.
Digital products will be tailored to suit a range of technologies: social media blurbs for mobile phones, for instance; a digital version of the printed newspaper page called an e-edition; and apps that allow users to access special editions that play to the strength of the iPad and Kindle Fire tablets.
Not mentioned in the paper’s story about itself is the fact online subscriptions are about shoring up print subscriptions as much as they are about raising digital revenue. The D&C figures you now have no incentive to cancel your paper if you know you have to pay for online content. The D&C charges more for paper ads, so this is a way to hang onto print a little longer.
– The IRS is about to auction off the “IHOP Mansion” in Skaneateles. Owned by a former drug dealer, it has been a major thorn in the side to neighbors.
– Village Voice Media runs prostitution advertisements for young girls. Nick Kristof has details in a very disturbing column.
– The wife of the soldier accused in the Afghanistan civilian massacre blogged about life as an army wife.