In Going Free, London Evening Standard Doubles Circulation While Slashing Costs

Mike Masnick, TechDirt, Nov 20, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Mike Masnick notes how charging money makes less and less sense for newspapers. "Charging can be expensive," he writes. "It takes quite a bit of effort to charge, to take money, to manage the money, to set up the accounting and bureaucracy for managing each transaction." The same is true of government services, which is why it makes more sense to offer government services for free, rather than to charge a user fee.
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