The idea of paying for content of value is nothing new and one embraced by most folks without question. Magazine subscriptions, cable television, premium sports networks, Netflix memberships and other similar fees are amongst the expenses of the average American.
It baffles me why content delivered over the internet should be different. If a content creator expends effort and provides useful information or entertainment, it shouldn’t be a stretch for that creator to suggest payment.
Yesterday I became a member of Shawn Blanc’s website. I’ve followed his writing for many months and enjoyed the B & B Podcast he hosts with Benjamin Brooks. Shawn’s writing is now his primary source of income and I figure a $3/month membership is quite reasonable.
The fact that content is distributed electronically does not mean it intrinsically has less value.