The Associated Press (AP) has said that it will charge iPad users for access to its stories with an app.
There has been a trend for news websites to offer subscription plans for their content. The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both offer premium access to their news stories to paying subscribers, both on the Internet and through iPhone apps. Reuters and the New York Times are both planning to introduce paid access to their websites in the next year.
The chief executive of AP, Tom Curley, said that he wants his company to “seize this opportunity to reinvigorate our business models as well as our journalism.” Apparently, this new business model involves charging for access to its stories.
Will iPad users embrace paid subscriptions for news? The iPad itself is not cheap, but if enough news companies offer paid subscriptions, many people probably will.