Nearly every newspaper in Scotland and the UK now has an online version of their publication. Accessible from anywhere, it can help spread the word instantly.
But whether or not they should be free is a hot topic.
Already The Times online charges its users. For £2 a week, you can access the latest news, features and sport. Perhaps if Rupert Murdoch has his way, more News International newspapers will follow suit.
When so much information is available free on the Internet, should we really be paying to access newspapers online?
There are some who think that it’s only a matter of time before we have to pay for every online newspaper. But only if the public are prepared to pay.
Perhaps accessing online newspapers like The Caledonian Mercury
is the way to go. Completely free, they provide up to the minute news without having to pay through the nose for it.
In an era where people want to access information instantaneously, there is no doubt that traditional newspapers need to adapt to survive. But with so much competition on the web, it’s hard to see how they can justify having to pay for the service they provide.
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