Is 11-11 the new April Fools’ Day or is the AJC really following through with their announcement that the iPad app, free since its introduction, will require a subscription starting November 22d?
Pricing plans are:
— Subscribers who get the printed paper fewer than 7 days a week can get the Digital Combo for an extra $2.99 a month.
— New customers can buy the iPad app or the E-edition by themselves for $9.99 a month.
— New customers can get the Digital Combo plus a home-delivered Sunday newspaper for $15.98 a month.
The AJC’s website, ajc.com, remains free and is not affected by the iPad app plan. Nor is AJC Digest, the newspaper’s free app for iPhone and Android devices.
Several months ago I was annoyed that an AJC story was available in the physical paper only for three days before it hit the interwebs. At that time I said I’d be willing to pay a small amount per month to have access to all stories, but that I didn’t want to deal with physical newspapers in my house in order to get it. I might be willing today to start paying a monthly fee if it doesn’t require me to either have the paper delivered, where it will eventually turn to mush on my front walk, or use an iPad/e-reader.
I don’t own an iPad or e-reader, so it’s a moot point, but I can’t see paying an extra monthly charge to read the same information I’ll apparently still be able to get on the website, but through an app that prettifies it. Unless they cut out the advertising in the app version.
I believe that there is value to Metro Atlanta to having a major daily newspaper, but it’s sometimes painful to watch the AJC try to get its bearings in a new post-paper world. That said, what, if anything, would you be willing to pay in order to read the AJC in your choice of medium?