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New Digital Edition Subscriptions Coming July 1st
by courierherald
 The Courier Herald Online
Jun 30, 2009 | 12557 views | 1 1 comments | 588 588 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

    On July 1, The Courier Herald will be changing the format of our website and offering a full digital version of each day’s newspaper for online subscribers.  This new version of the paper is exactly the same as the print edition, except that it is delivered to our online subscribers on their computers. It is fully interactive with a clickable page menu on the left side of your screen and clickable internal links on the pages (For example: If you see “continued on 3a,” on the front page of the digital version, then just click on those words to be taken directly to where that story is continued on page 3a.)

    Not only will The Courier Herald be introducing this new and improved digital version of your newspaper, which our readers have been able to preview online for free during the month of June, but we will be offering this new digital version at the same low price as our print subscription.  This gives all our subscribers more choices without higher prices.  You can subscribe to the entire newspaper, whether print or online, for the same low price you’ve come to expect.  You get to choose the delivery method that works best for you.

    The new digital version will also come with some great changes and updates to our website.  This includes the ability to pay for an online subscription directly through our website using a credit card or checking account.  It also includes the ability to post classified ads to our website and pay for them directly on the site.  You can post them online (and in the print edition) 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.  Your classified will appear in the print edition on the next available day.  And remember, viewing the classified on the website is alway free, so there will be no limit to the amount of potential customers you can reach.

    Other changes to the website include the introduction of new “Community” pages.  These allow all online users to set-up profiles, upload photos, create blogs and post to community forums.  There will also be ways for you to submit a letter to the editor, your hometown news stories, or Tell It! directly through the website.  And all these features are also free to all our online users.  No matter how you get the newspaper delivered, whether print or digital, you will have access to all these new features of the website free of charge.  The two subscriptions have all the same great benefits at the same low price.

    If you are already a subscriber, you can switch your subscription to the digital edition by calling 272-5522 on or after July 1.  If you don’t call, you keep your print edition at the same price with no effect on your service whatsoever.  If you want to start a new or additional online subscription, please visit on July 1 or after.  And thank you for supporting your hometown newspaper.

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July 09, 2009
There are many costs related to having a digital subscription that you are not considering. Such as the cost of paying for a website, paying for a person to maintain the website, paying for software to create a digital edition, etc. The costs of gathering and compiling the news are figured in as well. The costs come from some of the same and some different places, but they are still a factor and still figure into the overall cost of a digital subscription.

Most importantly, having different costs for the two types of subscriptions would create two-teirs of subscribers paying different prices for the same product. All subscribers should be treated the same, without one group being charged more than another. We believe that would be unfair to our subscribers as well.