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.