West Hawaii Today publisher Tracy Fosso has announced the paper will start charging for online access. For more than a year, they’ve had a subscription available to their “e edition,” a replica of their print version available online. They’ve also had standard online access to recent selected articles at no charge. However, starting April 2, next Monday, they plan to charge for almost all online access.
Those who subscribe to the print edition will have online access included at no additional charge for their $12.95 per month. For those non-subscribers who want online access, the fee will be $11.95 per month. They also plan to continue to offer just the e-edition for $5.95 per month. With the full online access or the print edition, subscribers will have the ability to share articles, comment, and research the past year’s archives online.
West Hawaii Today still plans to offer free access to online community bulletins, breaking news, classifieds and contests.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser offers online and delivery subscriptions. They continue to offer limited content online at no charge along with online subscriptions at www.staradvertiser.com.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald, a sister publication of West Hawaii Today also owned by Stephens Media, so far is continuing to offer both delivered print subscriptions and online services, with no charge yet for online access…which doesn’t offer all of their articles.