A letter to our readers: PDN begins selling Web subscriptions
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Cost is about 26 cents a day for an annual digital-only subscription, or 30 cents a day for a month-to-month subscription after 99 cents for the first month. Subscribers to the print PDN get free access to the website.

Peninsula Daily News

PENINSULA DAILY NEWS will begin selling monthly and annual digital subscriptions this week for our website, www.peninsuladailynews.com.

We are asking frequent users of the website who are not already home-delivery subscribers to pay a fee supporting our journalism.

Cost is about 26 cents a day for an annual digital-only subscription, or 30 cents a day for a month-to-month subscription after 99 cents for the first month.

As our new metered pay-for-content system is rolled out beginning today, PDN print subscribers will get instructions at the website on how to get free access.

You'll also see invitations for digital-only subscriptions.

The new system is being phased in. It may take a week or more to get it fully operational.

If you are a subscriber to the print PDN, you will be invited to get a password that will allow full and free web access to our articles, photos and news story archives on your computer, smartphone and tablet.

We offer two print subscription plans — Sunday through Friday and weekend-only (Friday and Sunday) — and both include unlimited free access to the www.peninsuladailynews.com.

If you do not subscribe to the printed PDN, you will have free access to a set number of articles every month.

The system will begin with 20 free articles in April, and if you exceed that limit, you will be asked to become a digital subscriber.

You will be offered a 30-day digital-only trial subscription for 99 cents.

After the trial, plans will start at $7.95 a month for an annual digital-only subscription.

The PDN reaches more than 40,000 print readers daily and delivers more than 1.6 million website impressions each month for news and online advertising at www.peninsuladailynews.com, the North Olympic Peninsula's No.1 most-visited website.

Previously, all content at the website was available free.

Many items on the PDN website will remain free to all users at all times.

Urgent news stories of community importance, classified and display ads, obituaries, videos, our homepage, our heavily used online Peninsula Calendar and Peninsula Poll, Hot Links, special news sections and PDN customer service pages will be placed outside the paywall, meaning they won't count toward a user's free monthly access limit.

Also unaffected for now will be the PDN's e-Edition, a page-by-page electronic replica edition that operates under a separate subscription program. But plans are to allow eEdition subscribers to get free website access, too.

To begin a print PDN subscription, phone 360-452-4507 or 800-826-7714, or visit https://secure.peninsuladailynews.com/subscriptions.

Thank you for reading the PDN, in print and online, and please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

John Brewer, publisher and editor

jbrewer@peninsuladailynews.com

360-417-3500 (with voicemail 24/7)

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information, click on these previous stories:

1. "Beginning Monday, Peninsula Daily News will charge frequent users of its website" — http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140328/NEWS/303289989

2. "PDN website begins new metered pay-for-content and digital subscriptions" — http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140330/NEWS/303309977

Last modified: March 31. 2014 9:24AM
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