Some newspapers have added paywalls to their websites while their apps remain free, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is trying the opposite: It’s charging for access to a “digital combo,” its iPad app and digital replica edition, while access to ajc.com is still free.
Seven-day-a-week print subscribers get the iPad app and digital replica e-edition free; those who get the print version of the paper fewer than seven days a week can get the Digital Combo for $2.99 per month. Non-print subscribers can get access to the iPad app and e-edition for $9.99 each per month, or sign up for a “Sunday print plus digital” combo, with Sunday delivery of the paper plus access to both the iPad app and e-edition, for $15.98 per month.
The AJC launched its iPad app last December, one of the first regional newspapers to do so, and it was $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial. Now the newspaper is ending the free trial period and the app is being upgraded. It includes “a replica of that day’s printed newspaper plus seven past issues; late sports stories that may not appear in print, as well as stories not available at ajc.com; larger pictures; traffic and breaking news alerts; interactive links in articles; and video.”
All content on AJC.com and the company’s “AJC Digest” app for iPhone and Android remain free. AJC senior director of digital products Nunzio (Mike) Lupo said the paper plans to launch subscriber apps for Android tablets.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is owned by Cox Enterprises. Its print circulation is 1.7 million people, and its websites ajc.com and accessAtlanta.com have about 2.3 million monthly unique visitors.