Microsoft has decided Slate isn't worth the $19.95 (u12) fee it was planning to charge for the on-line magazine.
Plans to start charging an annual fee for the mag, which specialises in socio-political content, were dropped last week after the publisher decided it wouldn't be a good idea to charge for something that competes in a market flooded with free publications.
Michael Kinsley, Slate's editor, spoke of the magazine's right to "chicken out". In an editorial, he wrote: "Right now there are too many people who are too damned cheap ... er, we mean ... too engaged by the novelty of the medium, to pay for specific content."
For the real comment go to http://www.slate.com/Readme/97-01-11/Readme.asp.
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