Digital Newspapers

I would have expected digital on-line newspapers to have been a financial bonanza for paper newspaper companies. Why?

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.

The Solution

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)