'Indy' to join papers with web fees
THE London 'Independent' is to start charging for access to its website, becoming the latest newspaper to withdraw free access to its online content.
Under the scheme, which will be implemented next week, the paper will stop distributing print copies beyond the UK & Ireland and start charging for access to its website for users from the US and Canada. Only readers from those countries will have to pay for access to the site.
The plan will give users free access to the first 20 articles they view on the website, but then they will have to pay a monthly charge for anything beyond that.
The 'Independent' will also launch an iPad edition along with its Kindle edition, for which patrons will be charged.
The decision to start charging for access, albeit in a watered-down form, means that the paper joins a lengthening list of publications that have begun to take away free access to their online products in recent months.
'The New York Times', 'The [London] Times', 'The Sunday Times' and the 'Boston Globe' have all erected pay walls of some description over the last 18 months.