Digg will release a beta version of its promised Google Reader replacement in June and will ask users to pay a fee for the product, the company said today.
Google has said it will stop offering its Reader in July.
“Free products on the Internet don’t have a great track record. They tend to disappear, leaving users in a lurch. We need to build a product that people can rely on and trust will always be there for them,” the company said in a blog post.
In a recent survey addressing what users want from a next generation Google Reader, 40 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay for the product. Digg took that as a thumbs-up.
The company said the move was intended to protect user privacy against the intrusions of advertisers.
“We’re not sure how pricing might work, but we do know that we’d like our users to be our customers, not our product,” the company said.
If you’re looking for something free, check out our list of free Google Reader replacements.