Wall Street Journal to cost $18 on the iPad

The WSJ is reporting(it was more of a footnote really):

The Journal plans to charge subscribers $17.99 a month for iPad subscriptions, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The WSJ is also offered on the Kindle, but for $15 you're only getting the minimum; a lot of content doesn't survive the conversion process.  You can also get  a paper subscription for $30, and it includes full web content. This brings to mind a couple questions.

Why would someone get an iPad subscription when the paper sub has such greater value? Yes, it's on the go, but you can get most of that content off the web with the iPad's browser.

Why does the WSJ expect me to pay twice (or even 3 times) for the same content? Wouldn't it be better to have a free iPad app that works in concert with the paper sub? (Something simple, which only delivers the web content.) If not free, then why isn't it really cheap? You already got my  money. Why should I pay for it again?

About Nate Hoffelder (11473 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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