Do I have to pay to read the paper online?
Question: I'm just wondering why I can't get your paper online when I get it at my door. I pay for the daily paper, but sometimes I like to just check something out while on the computer. Do I have to pay for another subscription to do that? -- Gerald Stinnett
Answer: You most certainly can see the contents of the paper online for free. Every day, at www.spokesmanreview.com you will see headlines of every story that was in that day's newspaper. The first time you visit our site, you will be asked to register. That registration (for now) is free. Even if we some day start charging for that, print subscribers like yourself will still be able to read that day's stories online for free.
The only part of our Web site (other than archives) that costs money is if you want to see the paper in a format that is an identical copy of each page of the printed newspaper. We have to charge for that because it costs a lot of money to produce. In fact, that reproduction is done for us by a company called "Newsstand," which splits the proceeds with us. There is no way we could offer this expensive reproduction for free, even to print subscribers, because Newsstand would charge us the download fees. We certainly can't afford to lose money on the deal. -- Ken Sands, managing editor of online and new media