Charge for Archives or Keep Them Up For Free?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2005 - 11:39
Newspapers are struggling with how to make a go of it in an increasingly web-only world. Many employ a strategy of giving aways the news but charging for their archives. Coincidently that's the strategy employed by the Modern Tales family of subscription websites.
A couple of plugged-in commentators (Dan Gillmor and Cory Doctorow) argue that for newspapers, both financial incentives and an appreciation of what it means to be a paper of record in the digital age mean that newspapers should give away their archives for free forever.