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Paying to play: The Bee offers digital subscription
As Fresnoise hinted at in a recent post, The Fresno Bee introduced (today, in fact) a new digital subscription package that brings the Bee's various web products under one umbrella that the company can then monetize.
It's a shift in philosophy for McClatchy, but one that makes sense as the technology continues to change. Current trend estimates show 29% of Americans now own a tablet or eReader and the Fresno Bee (most newspapers in fact) are creating specific content for these applications. It make sense they get paid for it.
Chances are, many users won't notice the change. You still get 15 "free" views per month, so ... If you do notice, it probably means The Bee has some worth to you. So you should be paying for it.
While I am saddened by the loss of another form of "free" media (at least we still have AM/FM radio), The Fresno Bee has come a long way since it launched its orginal website. It's come a long way since the old Beehive days even.
All the info on the digital subscription and more can be found here.