79,000 subscribing to Times Online

News Corporation has revealed that 79,000 people have subscribed to the Times and Sunday Times online, including the service offered through Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle e-reader – a 29,000 growth in the past five months.

But the paper’s more lucrative – online subscriptions are sold at a heavily discounted price – print sales continue to fall, dropping 12.1 per cent in the past year. The Sunday Times‘ plummet has been less destructive, registering a 6.9 per cent drop year-on-year.

Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, only sees the bright side of the story, however, saying the online figures “continue to demonstrate that ever larger numbers of people are willing to pay for quality journalism across a variety of digital formats”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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