Comments on: How Harper’s was doomed by its paywall http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Shmoe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-11712 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:58:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/#comment-11712 I’m forced to agree with Felix. Harper’s is an amazing magazine, that is hiding it’s light under a bushel. If I didn’t read it print, I would barely know it existed.

Offering a few more article for free and some real value added content (like The New Yorker or The Economist, both of which seem to be doing alright) would go a long way towards giving them a real boost in awareness. Thus a boost in print subscriptions! Then again make there sight a destination would involve a real investment, but I would tend to think it was worth it.

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By: mdsanders http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-11708 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:54:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/#comment-11708 No one has ever subscribed to Harper’s because of something they read on its website…

Hey Felix-
Here I proudly am, the guy who subscribed to Harper’s because of something he read on their website. That something was Scott Horton’s Informed Comment, which I enjoyed so much I decided to pay for the monthly subscription to the print edition. And I’ve enjoyed the magazine, old fashioned and stodgy or not.

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By: Citoyen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/comment-page-1/#comment-11688 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 14:59:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/02/01/how-harpers-was-doomed-by-its-paywall/#comment-11688 Giving stuff away is still not much of a business model, Felix. It *may* get you readers, but painful experience shows that it *doesn’t* generate revenue. Being talked about is fine, but being paid is essential.

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