Pay to Surf?The state's largest newspaper said this week that it will begin charging readers for use of its Web site.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, commonly abbreviated locally as the Dem-Gaz or Demgaz, is a daily newspaper published in Little Rock, Arkansas.
By virtue of one of its predecessors, the Arkansas Gazette said that, beginning Oct. 1, only users with print or online subscriptions will have "full access" to www.ardemgaz.com.
This summer, the Democrat-Gazette began requiring users to register on the site to gain access. The registration is free; users only had to give general demographic information about themselves and submit an e-mail address See Internet address.
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So will readers continue to sign-on?
Registering for a site is nothing new. Many sites, including this publication's arkansasbusiness.com and The New York New York, state, United States
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Charging for archived stories is not unusual, either. Atarkansasbusiness.com, users must pay $2 per article (or a $50 flat rate for a year's worth of unlimited searches) to read archived stories.
But what might test readers' interest is the linking of online access to a paid subscription and charging for online-only access, which isn't as common. The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) is one of a handful of newspapers that charges for the Web edition of its newspaper. And online subscription sites, such as Salon Salon, annual exhibition of art works chosen by jury and presented by the French Academy since 1737; it was originally held in the Salon d'Apollon of the Louvre. By the mid-19th cent. the Salon had become an expression of conservative, established tastes in art. .com and Inside.com, are struggling.