Q&A about: Subscription Plans

In this post, I’ll share with you some answers to questions PressDisplay.com users asked about our pricing plans.  Feel free to suggest other questions for this post and we’ll do our best to answer them.  Also, don’t forget to check out the help files on PressDisplay.com related to this area.

1. Why would I subscribe to PressDisplay.com when there are so many free news sites available?

There are many features available in PressDisplay.com that you cannot get with free news sites, such as:

• 100% full content replicas of hundreds of printed newspapers (ie. Many front page stories from printed newspapers are not available on free news sites)
• article ranking (readers’ choice versus editors’ picks),
• advanced search and monitoring of printed news
• newspaper radio,
• downloading of full newspaper replicas for offline reading

to name a few…

Let me give you one example of how PressDisplay.com’s free news monitoring compares with other free news alerts:

Many consumers and companies rely on online news searches from services such as Google News or Yahoo News to be notified when a news article contains a specific word or phrase, however these services can only locate online mentions and only for those media outlets that do not require a subscription to see the original content.

PressDisplay.com provides access to exact replicas of every printed issue in its roster of global newspapers, and also shows the article in its original context, exactly as it appears in the printed edition.  This equates to significant added value to business, such as:

• Understand prominence. Business executives and PR agencies can see exactly how a company or product (or advertisement) was positioned in the printed publication relative to other stories or advertisements (e.g. section and page placement, font size, position of pictures, format, etc.). 

• Build better clip reports. Copies of the original, color article, complete with any graphics, can be added to media kits or used in legal documentation where referencing original printed newspapers is required. 

• Articles can be translated on the fly in up to 12 languages, so stories that reference a company or product in a foreign language newspaper are instantly accessible to readers in their native language.

• Share and collaborate. Smart bookmarks allow subscribers to set up folders for hot topics in their industry, competitors, partners, or clients, providing a central repository that everyone in their company can access. 

• And, with a corporate PressDisplay.com subscription, anyone in the company can contribute to these shared folders with their own search results, creating a collaborative environment for sharing market, industry, competitive, partner and customer news. 

Visitors to PressDisplay.com can create up to three monitors, free of charge, and track items of interest (e.g. company name, person, product, competition or hot topic) and choose to have the results sent to their email inbox either as soon as articles are published or at a specific time each day.

And don’t forget that PressDisplay.com offers flexible subscription plans (from our free plan, to pay-as-you-go, to personal unlimited, corporate and professional) where users can try before they buy. 

2. How can I subscribe and what are the subscription rates?
You can subscribe to PressDisplay.com with a value-packed plan that best fits your reading habits. Click here to view the subscription plans:
PressDisplay.com Subscription Plans Information

3. With my Economy plan I get 31 issues per month. Does an “issue” mean a newspaper?
A: Yes. With the Economy plan you will be able to read 31 newspapers per month – that could be either 31 issues of one newspaper or 31 issues of different newspapers read in one month. Each additional issue costs just US$0.75. Subscribers can easily upgrade their subscription plan to the one that fits their reading habits best.

4. How do I upgrade my subscription plan?
Under the “My Services” menu item, enter ‘My account’ console, select Subscription Status and then click on Upgrade Subscription.  It’s a good idea to visit your Subscription Status page on a regular basis, to keep yourself updated on how many newspapers you’ve read this month, and when your next payment is due.

5. With the Economy plan, if I can read a newspaper every day for the monthly fee of US$9.95, why do I get a message asking me to confirm a purchase of the issue?
All newspapers read by you are counted as audited paid circulation by local auditing agencies, including the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) and BPA Worldwide. These agencies ensure that circulation figures provided by publishers are accurate. One key factor in determining audited circulation is that an issue must be paid. With PressDisplay you buy a number of issues to be read throughout any given month (i.e. 31 issues with the Economy plan). So you don’t lose valuable credits, we ask you to confirm reading a newspaper every single time you open it up. Rest assured that there are no additional charges for reading these newspapers, as long as you have enough issues left in the current month’s account. When you “buy” a newspaper issue, you can return to it for up to 3, 7 or 14 days (according to your chosen subscription plan) at no additional cost and without using another one of your “issues”.

6. Can I later change the email address I used for my registration?
A: Absolutely. Please send your current email address and the new one to our Customer Support Team and all the changes will gladly be done by a member of our team.

7. I am a paid subscriber. I need to cancel my PressDisplay.com subscription. What is the best way to proceed?
A: We understand that your needs may change. If you ever need to cancel your subscription to PressDisplay.com (and we hope you won’t), simply drop a quick note to our Customer Support Team at least 2 business days before your current subscription is scheduled to renew. We will immediately process the cancellation and send you a confirmation for your records.

8. I am a paid subscriber. I need to suspend my PressDisplay.com subscription for a couple of months. Is there a way to do this?
A: Of course! Should you require a suspension of your subscription, please send a quick note to our Customer Support Team at least 2 business days before your current subscription is scheduled to renew. We will immediately process the suspension and send you a confirmation for your records. Then, when you are ready to come back to enjoying your favorite publications on PressDisplay.com, send us another quick note, and we’ll re-activate your account.

  1. Sidney Lovas
    February 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Re No. 8:

    Yes, and no. Compared to the cumulative price of buying electronic editions from each newpaper seperately, the price is definitely better. But, in an of itself, there is an insufficient discount for going up from the basic level. The price for 60 newspapers per month should be lower, and especially: we should NOT be charged for downloading papers from earlier that month…your “Archive” fees suck. If it’s covered by the month period, there should be no additional fees!

  2. Sidney Lovas
    February 28, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Re: No 9

    For Heaven’s sakes! Bring back the Larger Pictures for the “World in Pictures” or at least provide the OPTION for viewers to select the lager picture format. I’ve complained about this several times, and you just don’t care to hear it. But pictures is why I subscribe to this format.


  3. February 28, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks again Sidney….I have sent this request along to “the powers that be”.

    Please keep these requests coming – I know it seems like no one is listening sometimes, but believe me….these requests do get reviewed and so don’t stop letting us know what you think.

    As you can imagine, we receive lots of different requests from our subscribers. In fact, one arrived a few weeks ago from a blogger saying we should offer less pictures and more text. It’s a struggle to find the perfect solution for everyone. I like your idea of adding an option…

  4. Al
    August 6, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I have a subscription to a newspaper that uses press-reader but do I actually need this subscription? It looks like paying you guys $10 a month I can get the same thing. Am I missing something?

  5. Fletch
    April 19, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I’ve just signed up for the free service.

    I understand that I am able to view 2 free articles per day.

    Is there any counter where it shows when I’ve viewed the two?

    Also, are articles that are part of the “two free articles per day’ only the ones that turn blue when you mouseover? The paper I am interested in I can read mostly online except for their Letters page, but the digital Letters page doesn’t seem to turn blue when you mouseover. Perhaps it’s only available by subscription?

  6. Terence Wong
    September 2, 2008 at 2:07 am

    can you add more magazines to your list eg
    the Economist, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek

  7. Carlos Anzola
    October 11, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I saw and read the “THe Herald Tribune (Paris) here for a few days, now is not available! What happen?

  8. October 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Hello Carlos

    The initial availability of the IHT was part of the test feed and we are finalizing the distribution contract with the publisher at this time. We hope to to release the publication for regular distribution in the very near future.

    So stay tuned!


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