By: Joe Strupp
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. joined a growing list of newspapers offering an electronic version online, the paper reported Friday. The electronic version, which will be available only to subscribers, allows readers to see the image of each page as it appears in print.
Non-subscribers will be able to review the Web site at no charge through the end of July, the paper revealed. Subscribers will continue to get free access and others can sign up for $9.95 a month.
“We don’t care how people read us, we just want them to read us,” Publisher Larry Tarleton said in Friday’s edition. “We want to be the source for local news, whether it’s on the dead-tree edition or an online edition.”
The electronic version displays each page of the print paper on the left side of the screen. When readers click on a story, it appears in text on the right, the paper explained. Readers will be able to save and e-mail articles, access all of the newspaper’s neighborhood sections, and access the past 30 editions.
About 136 U.S. newspapers, including The State in nearby Columbia, S.C., have created similar online images of their papers, the Post and Courier reported, citing Audit Bureau of Circulations statistics.