Jan 10 2007
I found out today that the Guernsey Press is testing an online edition of the newspaper. I don’t mean a new version of thisisguernsey.com, but an online reader for the actual print paper. Whilst this, at first glance, seems to be a move in the right direction they really need to look at the way they’re doing it.
Firstly, it seems that it will only be available to Internet Explorer users. I presume they’re going to be using some proprietory ActiveX control for viewing the paper. This is a really bad move if you ask me, whilst IE 7 is an improvement in past version it still falls short of the mark and many people prefer alternative browsers (Firefox, Opera, Safari, Konquerer).
Secondly, it seems that they’re planning on charging £10/month for the service. Which, if you exclude Sundays, works out at about 36p per day. This is only 4p less than the physical paper costs. Quite how they can justify this price when they don’t have to cover the costs of the physical paper (raw materials, distribution, machinery, etc.) is beyond me.