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Napa Valley Register Initiates Pay Wall

Frequent users will be asked to pay for online access to the Napa Valley Register's web site.

Read the Register online? Willing to pay for it?

Near the end of the month, the will begin to charge for online access to its website, napavalleyregister.com.

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The newspaper announced its decision to begin charging to access its online content in this story. According to the story, online-only access will cost users of the website $9.95 per month. Print subscribers will have to pay $1.95 per month to access the online content.

Users will have the opportunity to view 10 online articles a month before access is cut off. The pay wall goes up on Aug.20, according to the Register.

The Register's story states: "As the digital age has evolved, it has become clear that online subscription revenue is essential to the future of newspaper journalism. As news consumers have migrated from print to digital content, so too have newsroom resources and expenses."

News of the Register's Pay Wall lit up their Facebook page with comments Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

Take a look at what people are saying in the widget above.

Are you willing to pay for online access to the Napa Valley Register? Tell us in the comments.

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Cindy Chambers August 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It's interesting to me that several papers I used to read - free of charge - instituted payment schemes and I found I got along just fine without reading them. One was an old hometown paper, another the NYT and also the LA Times. I had been meaning to call and cancel my print NVR subscription (I read it online even though I subscribe) but felt badly about undermining the paper, something I consider vital to a vital and engaged town. However - I consider $9.95/mo ridiculously overpriced for an online subscription, and I consider even a surcharge to print subscribers a slap in the face to those print subscribers. I'd subscribe for $5/mo (online only) but no more. Same as with the other online papers I stopped accessing, I imagine life will go on.
Louisa Hufstader August 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
John, I can't be responsible for other people's lack of integrity. But I can reject any comments that clearly violate our terms of service. That's just how it works here. Register readers are welcome, but not their made-up screen names.
Scott Yeager August 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This migration is going to get really interesting!
Ash Leigh August 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
No. A website cannot be leggally taken away and given to the people. Are you aware, it takes individuals to operate the webpages? It doesn't just run on its own.
Louisa Hufstader August 25, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thank you.

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