In a perfect world information should be free and universally accessible. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect, and it has come to pass, after years of providing free internet access to our content, that we must begin to charge a fee for providing this service in order to maintain the breadth and depth of our news coverage. We have charged for our print news all along, but the increasing number of readers who use our website and who do not buy the paper has a financial impact that must be addressed. So, beginning September 16, 2011, unrestricted access to the stories on our website will end.
Here’s How It Works
Print subscribers will have free, unrestricted access to the website up to the expiration date of their subscription. Guests will have access to three pages of content per month. Also, all stories over 60 days old can be viewed by anyone for free. Those wishing unrestricted internet access can purchase a digital subscription for $20 per year. When your subscription is about to expire, you will receive email notification that it is time to renew.
To whet your appetite, the front page summary will remain, but viewing the individual pages will require everyone to have an account and to log in. Whether you are a current print subscriber or a guest you must establish an account.
A module that will enable you to establish an account will appear on the front page soon. Your account will be activated once payment is received or, for our print subscribers, once your subscription status is confirmed.
Payment can be made by check mailed to
The Eastwick Press
P.O. Box 61
Petersburgh, NY 12138 (please write “Digital Subscription” in the memo)
or payment can be made through a third party internet payment system that will also appear on our site soon. We do not accept credit cards.
If you enjoy the paper and would like to see it prosper, please consider subscribing at the supporter level ($50) or at the patron level ($60) as many do for our print version.
Please note that not all the content of our print newspaper appears on the website. Some features are left out. On the other hand, the web stories tend to have more photographs, and the photos are in color. You can make comments relating to the stories and have exchanges with others in the community about topics of mutual interest. And there are internet links to other sites included in the text where applicable.
I suggest that you create an account as soon as the log in module appears on the site so that there is a seamless transition on September 16. Please feel free to comment through the site or phone me at 518-658-9177 if you have any questions or concerns.