Monday, June 30, 2008

Free! Free! Free!

From today, the Irish Times is free online. This is the another big blow in newspapers' attempts to charge subscriptions for online access. The Irish Times has been charging for many years and obviously couldn't make it work.

I understand the motivation (businesses need to make money), but unless we had the biggest case ever of industrial collusion it was always going to be hard for some papers to charge while others were making their content available for free. I'm sure there are other papers still charging for access, but the only one I can think of right now is the Wall Street Journal (and some parts of the Journal are free online).