Guardian willing to talk on online edition
Guardian Media Group has written to
some contributors (at least) "to notify you that The Guardian
and The Observer are launching subscription-only digital PDF
versions of the newspapers on 20th October 2003 aimed primarily at readers
abroad who are unable to obtain a print version of the newspapers."
"In the short term, we do not expect there to be a huge number of
subscriptions as these are very new products and it remains largely unknown
whether there will be significant consumer demand for them," the
letters say, so, naturally, "At launch we are not increasing rates to
The Freelance understands that the Guardian
regards this re-use of text as being covered by the 5 per cent uplift in
rates for databases and the Web edition
agreed in March 1999.
The paper has also contacted photographers - whose work is not covered
by that model agreement - asking for a licence to use their work in
the new edition and offering a 1.5 per cent uplift.
The Guardian promises that they "will keep the
situation closely under review and if and when we have sufficient subscribers
to enable us to increase rates we will contact all contributors to this
effect." The NUJ is also engaed in continuing talks with the paper
reviewing the uplift as a whole.
Several other publications including the Telegraph and
New Scientist are piloting Adobe "page-turner"
software that replicates the look of the printed thing. Not all have
had the courtesy even to inform contributors.