Five McClatchy Co. newspapers, The Sacramento Bee in California, North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., are now available on the Kindle.
The media company made announcement about the digital distribution of their papers on Friday via Facebook, using social media to introduce their new formats to the world. Although these new versions are available for free for a two-week trial period, they will then cost $6.99 for a monthly subscription and be delivered daily to Kindles every morning.
The Daily News and the Bee introduced digital versions in October, while the other papers debuted in mid-November.
More McClatchy papers, like The Kansas City Star and The Miami Herald will be available on the Kindle soon, the company said.
The Kindle version allows readers to gain portable access to these local papers nationwide, so it is possible it will increase readership. But the nagging media question remains: why pay for digital content you can get it online for free?
McClatchy Launches Digital Editions on the Kindle —Editor & Publisher