A number of Dutch newspapers, including the Volkskrant, NRC and Financieele Dagblad, are in talks on setting up a digital platform to sell individual newspaper articles, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.
The plan is to set up a sort of ‘Spotify for newspapers’ the paper said. The online music service allows subscribers to download as much music as they like for a monthly fee.
The newspaper system will be launched at the end of this year. ‘The idea is that people can compile their own newspaper out of everything the papers have to offer,’ Marieke van der Donk, of consultancy group Deloitte, said.
She has been researching the concept of pay-per-article for the NDP newspaper group and says there is ‘absolutely a market’ for a pay wall in news.