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Should they charge people for the privilege of reading it?  And, if they did, would people agree to pay?

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Survey - Paying for Internet News

What do you think about the new trend towards newspaper websites charging to read their news?

Would you pay to read the famous English newspaper, The Times?  That is what they are gambling on, as is now the New York Times too.



When first under development, the internet was supposed to be strictly non-commercial.

Those days are a distant memory, and of course, once private enterprise took over from the US government, there was no longer any expectation that everything should be free.  Someone, somewhere, somehow, has to pay something.

But who, how, when and where?

These questions remain unanswered, even after something like 15 years of 'mainstream' internet.  What do you think?

Reader Survey - Paying for Internet Newspapers

If confronted with a newspaper you formerly valued and regularly read, such as the NY Times or the (London, UK) Times, but which now charges for access, what would you be willing to pay?

Assume, for the purpose of this survey, that if you were paying per article, there'd be some sort of automatic accounting whereby you pay perhaps $20 at a time into an account, and it then gets automatically charged out, article by article, until needing to be rebilled.

Please answer as many questions as you can in the survey below.  And please send your friends links to this page so they can answer it too.

We'll present the survey results to you next week.

Thanks for your participation.

Confidential Reader Survey


How much time a week do you spend on the internet for all purposes at present (including emailing, web browsing, etc)


How skilled an internet user do you consider yourself


Is the internet a major source of news for you (compared to newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etc)


Are you interested in news, current events, and opinions/commentary in general


In what form would you be willing to pay for internet news


Assuming a convenient payment system, and if paying per article, how much on average would you be willing to pay for each general interest article


If paying per week, how much would you be willing to pay


Are you (gender)


Are you (age)


Where do you live


Any other comments




Many thanks for your time and your answers.  All answers will be collated, compiled and reported back to you next week.



Originally published 2 January 2004, last update 21 Jul 2020

You may freely reproduce or distribute this article for noncommercial purposes as long as you give credit to me as original writer.


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