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  • Jan 6th, 2013 @ 8:49pm

    Re: Math is good

    You hit it on the head's not the paywall, as is is the height of the paywall.

    I wish more sites would follow the "app model".

    Free with somewhat intrusive ads
    Cheap, but with tasteful relevant ads.
    Reasonable, and now with no ads.

    I can think of at least 20 sites that I'd be willing to throw a dollar or 5 at to be add free for a year, and a handful that I'd do $10-25 a year.

    In fact, while newspapers may have a problem charging for access, most magazine content is unique to that source, and magazines shouldn't have much difficulty moving those subscriptions online. For example, Cook's Illustrated just nailed me for $17.50, and that's after getting a half price offer in email.

    Paywalls are workable, but they need to be like valet parking, not like locks.