The Boston Globe is launching a new digital version of their newspaper and I commend them on the fact that they actually address one of my main issues with reading the news online right now. I like to read the paper cover to cover. This way it makes it next to impossible to miss anything. Online versions right now are just a series of hyperlinks, so I always feel like I'm missing something.
The Boston Globe is launching a new electronic version of the newspaper for which it will charge $4.98 a week, the company said yesterday.
The product, known as GlobeReader, resembles the look of the print edition while offering electronic features that make it easy to search and scan. It can be downloaded to desktops, laptops, and netbooks, and read offline or online.
GlobeReader features Globe content but is different from the paper’s website, Boston.com, which remains free. Like other news organizations, the Globe continues to evaluate whether to charge for access to some or all of its website.
Now here's the bad news (to the Globe). I stopped subscribing about six months ago for two reasons. The main reason, I find it difficult to pay for something I can get for free. It's the same reason I drink tap water vs. bottled (and yes I know technically tap water isn't free, but it's free-er than bottled). Secondly, it's better for the environment when I read stuff online. And whereas I appreciate the effort with this new Globe Reader, I'm probably going to stick with the free version of the news.
And yes, I am aware that this opens up the whole can of worms about the financial struggles that the Globe and all other paper media is dealing with due to the news being free online. Feel free to let me have it.
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