Time Magazine May Join Newspapers In Committing Suicide By Charging Online

from the good-luck-with-that dept

So, say you're a general news magazine that's struggling to remain even remotely relevant in an internet era... what do you do? Apparently if you're Time, you think about charging. This isn't all that surprising, really, given that Time Magazine published that poorly thought out article arguing for micropayments for online publications. It just makes you wonder who these people are making these decisions and if they ever bothered to look at all of the attempts in the past to charge for such content online.

Filed Under: business models, charging, magazines, paywalls, time magazine
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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2009 @ 3:55am

    See Mike, this is why I say I wish you would take a moment to re-read your stuff and consider what you are saying.

    Even the title "Committing Suicide By Charging Online" is laughable. Many people would considering it committing suicide to offer their entire content online for free, using only the ad supported means which appears for the moment to be a failing (or at least flailing) business model.

    Have you considered the thought that perhaps this is the start of a NEW trendline, something you should be watching and not laughing about? Perhaps we have reached a point where the "everything free" web isn't an acceptable business model, and that companies are heading in other directions, perhaps willing to give up the vast majority of the web's users in order to profitably serve a narrower group?

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