Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my previous post about the gray areas of publishing your creative writing online.
One thing that seems to come up over and over again is this:
Will people pay for print versions of what they can get online for free?
I think this is a really important topic for writers to think about, since the whole world seems to be going online.
I can tell you that corporate types are encouraging editor types to get as much “content” (I hate that word) as possible online. The current thinking: putting content online is like free advertising and people will pay for print versions of what they’re able to get for free online.
I don’t necessarily believe this and was wondering about other writers’ opinions on this important topic. I’ve seen how quickly and dramatically my own reading habits have changed over the past five years. I was previously a daily subscriber to my city newspaper, now I bypass the city paper entirely and read the The New York Times online daily. I’ve failed to renew many magazine subscriptions when I know I can read the full contents online for free. So I have my doubts about this theory, but maybe I’m wrong.
What about you? Do you buy less print (magazines, newspapers, books) than you did five years ago? Here’s a yes or no poll, so cast your vote and don’t forget to drop a comment. I’ll follow up with the results next Tuesday.