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Could monthly access bridge the gap between micropayments and subscriptions? — The Media Roundup

With MAPs, readers can have a month of access, as a treat

Despite apparent demand from readers, micropayments have yet to take off in any substantial way as a revenue generator for publishers. To be frank, it’s still a ballache to do a transaction for an amount that small, and no ‘wallet’ has yet gained widespread enough use to be worth it.

But as more publishers put up paywalls, readers are increasingly offered a binary choice when it comes to paying for journalism: either you subscribe, or you don’t read.

Here, Mark Stenberg sets out his vision for a monthly access payment, or MAP. Modelled on newsstand pricing, where a passerby can pick up a selection articles in a newspaper or magazine for a few dollars but no commitment, the idea of a digital ‘bundle’ – or a months’ worth of access to a site – makes more sense.

While this might go down well with readers, I suspect the issue here is with publishers who would much rather have the predictable monthly subscription fee coming in, even if they have to work harder for it.

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UK publishers face losing hundreds of millions in display ad revenue when Google switches off third-party cookies

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