How Facebook and Google could disrupt the subscription model for news
Frederic Filloux

Interesting. Of course, publishers have always been lousy at subscription management in general. Try suspending newspaper delivery for vacations. I also recently had an experience where renewal of a print magazine online resulted in three identical credit card charges (they sorted it out — by phone). While I definitely think subscription revenue is vital — advertising alone just won’t sustain decent journalism — I have also been thinking about how publishers miss out by making people do all or nothing after you hit the metered paywall. I want to read things from all over — The New Yorker, London Review of Books, the Telegraph, Haaretz — and I would be willing to pay something. but I already have some subscriptions and I am just not prepared to pay for more. I don’t want an article by article fee, I want some kind of pass. I think this was tried in the past, in fact I distinctly remember signing up to something of the kind, but whether it was premature, badly executed or not comprehensive enough I don’t know. Or is there still something like it around? If anyone knows, or knows why it wouldn’t work, I’m sure it’s you.

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