I rarely read the paper in great detail, except perhaps on Saturdays when I have the time. I value the content, and I value the fact that my subscription money is helping support a competing newspaper to the top-selling Herald Sun, but I probably get more value by reading The Age’s web site than the paper edition.
So is it worthwhile having a subscription? I did look at the various prices for different days, but assuming I wanted a paper copy at least on Thursday (for the Green Guide), Friday (for the EG) and Saturday, there’s no easy option that would cost much less than the $6.25 per week I currently pay. I can always ring up their automated hotline and suspend delivery if I don’t want it on a particular day, so if I had the energy I could do that every week to avoid getting copies from Sunday to Wednesday.
Perhaps, as the electronic delivery medium becomes better/more portable, and the cost of distributing it approaches zero, they’ll offer good quality electronic subscriptions that pay for the content, rather than the delivery of masses of paper onto my driveway every morning, most of it destined to be recycled without being read.