Saturday, July 08, 2006

A Lament on Change

I note here that the Key West Citizen has begun to move some of its on-line content behind the toll booth that is its Electronic Edition. The Electronic Edition is available at no charge to subscribers to the paper edition ($102 per year, and also available for shorter periods). Non-subscribers can also purchase access to any of the last seven-days issues in PDF format for fifty cents each.

This move is neither wrong nor surprising. Many newspapers are beginning to do the same things as they attempt to cope with the loss of revenue from subscriptions, street sales, and from classified and display advertising. More and more readers are abandoning their hard copy publications in favor of internet news sources, on-line buying and trading, and for other kinds of information. Most of the Wall St. Journal is behind a toll gate. Some of the New York Times is too.

Nevertheless, I'm disappointed at the loss of another freebie, and will miss the convenience of getting up at 2 A.M. and reading the Citizen to find out what happened yesterday in our world.

I guess that I could go to the library or the Coffee Plantation to read the Citizen. Just not at 2 A.M. I'll probably subscribe to the paper edition. That way we'll have comics, crosswords, and something to wrap fish in.


Roger Hayes said...


Being an eary riser also I feel the same way you do about The Citizen taking out parts of the online edition.....


John Kemper said...

I feel the Citizen is rapidly becoming irrelevant to KW. Charging for web content will only bite them in the end--the WSJ can get away with it, but the Citizen?

And then there's the overload of wire servce copy. Who care about how the voters in Montana feel about anything? Who cares about what the Boston Globe thinks, etc?

Try the Keynoter, a real local paper.

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