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Digital Edition/Metered Model Website Q&A
Q: What's changing on newsitem.com?
A: The News-Item will be charging for unlimited access to newsitem.com beginning June 6, 2011. Online visitors may view 8 articles free of charge every 30 days. A website subscription allows readers full and unlimited access to all stories and features on newsitem.com. Also, a new product — an electronic version of the printed newspaper — will be available by subscription separately.
Q: How will the new website subscription system work?
A: Effective Monday, June 6, 2011, readers accessing newsitem.com will be able to read up to 8 complete articles every 30 days for free before they have to pay for content. They will have to subscribe to go beyond 8 articles. Users will be prompted with a message about the subscription system.
Q: I'm already a print subscriber to The News-Item. Do I get a discount to view the website?
A: Yes, print subscribers can get unlimited access to the website for a greatly reduced rate: only $1.99 a month or $14.99 annually. Those without print subscriptions may purchase unlimited access at a special introductory prices of $7.99 a month, $42.99 for six months or $74.99 annually.
Q: Will all content on the site be covered by this new metering system?
A: No. The system counts articles only. It does not include such features as obituaries (which are hosted online by legacy.com), blogs, paid Lifestyle announcements, videos, photo galleries and classified ads. Users may also continue to browse the homepage and section pages for free.
Q: Will the site look different starting June 6, 2011?
A: It will look the same, except for the sign-up notices that will pop up from time to time, and The News-Item will continue to add new features to the site in the coming months.
Q: How will the new electronic edition of The News-Item work?
A: The e-edition will be accessible for your PC, Mac, SmartPhone or tablet. It is an online version of the printed newspaper in its familiar printed format at newsitem.newspaperdirect.com.
Q: I'm already a print subscriber to The News-Item. Do I get some sort of discount to view the e-edition?
A: A: Yes, subscribers subscribe to the e-edition for a greatly reduced rate: only $1.99 a month or $14.99 annually. Those without print subscriptions may purchase a subscription at a special introductory prices of $7.99 a month, $42.99 for six months or $74.99 annually.
Q: Why do I have to pay for something I haven't paid for in the past?
A: If you read 8 or fewer stories every 30 days, the website will continue to be free for you. If you find enough value in reading more than 8 stories per month, we ask that you support our work by purchasing a subscription for unlimited access to our website. In order to continue to provide our readers with the level of coverage they've come to expect, we need to explore new revenue models that support our online endeavors. The digital age has changed the way newspapers need to do business. For pennies per day, our readers can have the convenience of reading stories on our website. In addition to the stories found in the print edition, our website readers have access to more photography, videos, reader comments, breaking news and all of our databases, as well as links to other interesting stories from around the world. Finally, the e-edition is a different product altogether — an easy-to-use online version of the printed newspaper in its familiar printed format and unlike anything The News-Item has ever offered before.
Q: How do I subscribe to the website?
A: Simply continue using the website normally. You will be prompted to subscribe after you view 8 free stories. Simply enter the required information to receive unlimited access to newsitem.com.
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Q: How do I subscribe to the e-edition?
A: Visit the e-edition site at http://newsitem.newspaperdirect.com. There you will be given the simple steps required to begin your new e-edition subscription.
Q: What if I have other questions about the website or the e-edition?
A: If you have other questions, call 570-628-5985 or email Director of Circulation David R. Sickle at firstname.lastname@example.org.