Following the LA Times‘ lead, the Orange County Register will put its online content behind a paywall starting next month, according to a letter to the paper’s subscribers obtained by OC Weekly. Unlike the Times, however, which allows full online access to Sunday paper subscribers, the Register paywall will be more restrictive.
From the letter:
In April, we will take another promising step to reinforce the value of your subscription by introducing Digital Access. The local content that you access digitally through OCRegister.com is moving to a digital subscription model. Current print subscribers will have free digital access on the days you are subscribed to the print-edition. You simply need to link your account to activate your free Digital Access. In the coming week, we will send a follow-up email with instructions on how to link your account.
OC Weekly‘s Gustavo Arellano asks a good question of the Register’s proposed plan: “How fucked up is that?”
Indeed. We love that the Register has been spending money to beef up its staff lately. Its circulation seems to be bucking the trend as a result. But all you have to do is ask Variety about how well strict newspaper paywalls tend to work out.
The paper has seen its Sunday edition grow steadily as of late. Why not reward those subscribers with full digital access like the Times does?