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Will people pay for “news”?

Most of the studies done in North America have not been published on the issue of what or if people would pay for news. Here’s yesterday’s interesting Guardian UK story of the results of the PaidContentUK survey:
Only 5% of web users would pay for online news, reports survey
The story is full of charts and demographics and is very interesting.
Of course ths is good news for libraries since we’re free. Or is it good news?

Posted on: September 22, 2009, 12:18 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Batarang said

    I’d be willing to pay $5/month for all the news I can consume via something like Google News.
    If it were per story I couldn’t see paying more than 3-5 cents regardless of the story length; viewing 20 stories/columns a day would cost 7 bucks a week. A million views of one story/blog entry/etc… could generate $50,000 at that rate. Two stories with that many views pays that writer’s salary for a year as long as they’re not Ann Landers, and even if they are, the amount of hits generated could be tied to the compensation.