In recent months there has been a great discussion about the possibility, advanced by some publishers (the most active in this sense seems to Rupert Murdoch) to make payment to the news sites .
This even after the bad news on the front of the sales of newspapers in print and on the economic crisis under way, which have undermined many newspapers also important, as the New York Times .
The question was also involved Google, which in Italy has seen him open in an antitrust investigation by following a report of Fieg (Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers), because of the Google news service in Italy. Following Google to meet the needs of publishers decided to provide the opportunity for publishers to limit the number of hits for free , from Google services (like Google News), web pages of their newspapers.
According to rumors, the New York Times would be willing, in 2011, to charges of making access to articles on his website.
There were still major doubts about the response of the Internet to shift from "all free model" to model all (or almost) sold. " That is, if and how many readers, accustomed to read the free articles on news sites or at least to find free Internet news sites, then they actually signed subscription to read articles on newspaper sites.
Newsday, American newspaper distributed in the New York area, has made the plunge and made available for a fee the articles on his website . Clicking on the link to an article goes to a page where there is only the first part (few lines) of the article. To read the rest of you need to subscribe.
Unfortunately for the American newspaper in three months but only 35 people have subscribed. Newsday says that the low number of subscribers is explained by the fact that subscribers to the journal in print have access to articles on the website, and also subscribers a cable TV (also owned by the publisher of Newsday) have access to articles on the website.
However this is certainly not an encouraging precedent for other publishers.