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I buy paper newspapers and subscribe to Safari Library, but I think moving to a subscription model is going to be a lot harder for many media sources. Part of the problem is that most subscription models don't accurately reflect the value to users. Take newspapers as an example, too much of the content is filler or poorly researched. You can get this sort of information as easily from free sources. The other issue is failing to accurately value back catalog. Accept for a few researchers, newspaper back catalog holds very little value. It is most speculation about future events we now have a better source of information about. If you take this into account what can a most online media sources reasonably charge without spending significantly more on developing there content. I subscribe to Safari library because I get the subscription worth of value out of their catalog. I couldn't justify paying nearly as much for any online newspaper I have seen.
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Feb 1, 2010