If you are here to find a way to access epaper of The Hindu without paying a penny, then I’m afraid this isn’t the right place. But ‘asking why?’ is the source of this article.
Why can’t The Hindu provide a free epaper for its Daily newspaper editions when the country’s largest English news paper Times of India can?
Not only Times of India but there are a bunch of others who provide free epaper services which in fact have more circulation than The Hindu.
Take Hindustan Times for example in English and Dainik Jagran in Hindi.
Why would anyone choose to pay to read news online when they have a better service (determined by their popularity) and that too for free?
Certainly I wouldn’t pay for it.
Not only does The Hindu charge for using it’s ePaper, the charge is more than that of the hard copy daily News paper. One month Subscription costs
Rs.150 (its Rs.175 now) where I can get 1 and a half month subscription had I asked my paper boy to get me a Hindu news paper. Although reading news online is a developing trend in India, most users still prefer to read the news offline.
What Hindu can at least do is to introduce a free subscription offer for first few weeks/months and then charge from then just like how Eenadu does, which by the has more subscribers (offline) than Hindu does even though it is mainly concentrated to Andhra Pradesh.
I would love to see how many people actually pay to access the ePaper. I’ll be surprised if it is really a BIG number.
Off late The Hindu is in the process of revamping its news website into a whole new website which in some angles imitates the famous NYTimes. So it remains to be seen if it does make any changes to its epaper version too.
Update: Yes I have seen the ads, how Hindu wants to differentiate itself from the herd. That’s fine and that’s true too but that does that make it worthy of an online subscription?