I would have expected digital on-line newspapers to have been a financial bonanza for paper newspaper companies. Why?
- They save the cost of newsprint.
- They save the cost of ink and printing.
- They save the cost of home delivery.
- They save the mailing cost of delivery to remote customers.
- They can, with little cost, modify the content many times a day.
- They can now have customers all over the world.
- They can cheaply accept finished content from writers all over the world.
- Ads are almost free to place.
- They can share content with other papers easily.
However, digital newspapers are making less and less money every month. The basic problem is viewers refuse to pay for content and ad revenue is shrinking. There is too much competition from free news services. People no longer read just one paper. They sample a little from many papers all over the globe.
There needs to be a global common subscription service. It costs perhaps $5 a month for light use of all papers. Or it might cost $0.30 per article. Ideally all papers on earth offer the service. The fee is collected by a surcharge to your IAP (Internet Access Provider) bill. The papers are reimbursed by the collection service based on aggregate traffic.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)