Barnes & Noble (s BKS) has partnered with UWIRE, a wire service for college newspapers, to make digital editions of said newspapers available on Nook. It looks as if over 220 newspapers are available so far, including titles like the Harvard Crimson and Columbia Spectator.
The store is aimed at “students, alumni, faculty, and sports fans,” whom Barnes & Noble and UWIRE are hoping will shell out for a product that is almost always free on the college newspapers’ websites. It looks as if most subscriptions are being sold for between $0.99 and $1.99 a month.
Attempts to monetize digital editions of college newspapers aren’t new: In 2011, for instance, digital subscription platform Press+ and the Knight Foundation launched a program to let college papers collect donations and sell digital subscriptions.
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