When the Washington Post announced today that its website would soon be totally accessible only to paying subscribers, it joined a list of major newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, that have put their online content behind paywalls.
Even the little guys are doing it, in part to make up for lost advertising revenue, and in part to protect the value of the franchise. And investment guru Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway has been buying up small newspapers all around the country, thinks free newspaper websites are a dumb idea.
Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about it.
For one thing, neither of the contenders in the current New Orleans newspaper war wants to make itself less competitive by making it harder and more expensive for readers to access its content.