If you're a devoted reader of savannahnow.com, you may have discovered the new All-Access Membership plan. It's where Savannah Morning News print subscribers can activate their subscriptions to savannahnow.com website, the Savannah Morning News iPad and smartphone apps. It's all included in the print subscription. Memberships also include great savings at local businesses each day. You can see those at http://savannahnow.com/allaccess/rewards.
You'll be able to read many items for free, but you'll .get a note after viewing five pages of premium content and then a hard stop after 15 pages within 30 days. This is becoming the standard across news sites throughout the country, so we're not alone in this.
Here are a few topics people are wondering about and some that may need elaboration from us:
- What constitutes premium content? In general, "premium" refers to unique, bylined work or other work by the staff or correspondents. The Savannah Morning News staff brings unique context to the day's news and won't settle for hit-and-run stories on issues that matter to you and the community.
- Will it cost to view obituaries, weather or photo galleries? No. And, it won't cost to view slideshows, Latest News, Spotted galleries or databases. Feel free to browse as much as you'd like. Many of you may never hit the meter. Devoted news readers likely will.
- Internet browsers: The site is optimized for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and it may look a little different for each browser. Safari plays a little less well with the site, but so far we've found Macs and iPads using Chrome do very, very well.
- Print subscribers: ALL print subscribers get digital access included in their All-Access Membership. It also includes the Reader Rewards program with a ton of discounts all over town. You can see those here: http://savannahnow.com/allaccess/rewards
- News in schools: Several people have asked about the effect the meter will have on students in schools. Not much. Many teachers use our News in Education program for classrooms. It's funded from proceeds from the giant yard sales the newspaper sponsors twice a year and through generous donations from a variety of companies and individuals.
If you'd like to sponsor a class or make a donation, contact our circulation director, Todd Timmons, at 912-652-0428.
More questions? Check for answers at our Frequently Asked Questions site: http://savannahnow.com/allaccess/faq
If you don't find an answer, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to help. You may also leave a comment or question on this post.