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Monday, March 14, 2005

Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?

The New York Times > Business > Media & Advertising > Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?

Well ... following up on "News Addiction" we have the NYTimes pondering charges to read thier material.

Wouldn't a "News Addict" be a dream market ?

"Newspaper Web sites have been so popular that at some newspapers, including The New York Times, the number of people who read the paper online now surpasses the number who buy the print edition.

This migration of readers is beginning to transform the newspaper industry. Advertising revenue from online sites is booming and, while it accounts for only 2 percent or 3 percent of most newspapers' overall revenues, it is the fastest-growing source of revenue. And newspaper executives are watching anxiously as the number of online readers grows while the number of print readers declines. "

Long electrons, short newsprint

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