- From: Richard Heaton <rjheaton@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 11:57:23 +0000
Firstly thank you for mentioning my website - it is still very experimental - and with the feedback I've had so far I will be looking to change a few things.
Unfortunately registering before searching will need to stay in place. In the past I've done a lot of manual newspaper transcriptions free on Rootsweb.. Occasionally I felt the need to censor a story - because I felt Rootsweb would object and after all anyone can find them via Google. This isn't a practical option with digitalisation. The stories are what they - warts and all.
Once I get closer to 10,000 newspapers on the site I sure I'll be reviewing both the searchability and pricing. The long term objective being to be sustainable and to make the collection available to a wider audience . As for content -this will always be a drop in the ocean compared to the national collections at Colindale and of course the Burney - but I have focused my collection (and continue to do so) on material which was never included in either collection so despite having some overlap (I do have Rotherham Independent, Leeds Intelligencer, Morning Chronicle, etc) some content may not be available anywhere else (speaking to which .. back to spell checking a few issues of a rare but excellent Kentish paper .. 20 pages to go)
Subject: Re: lastchancetoread.com
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 22:29:42 +0000
On 10/12/2010 15:22, Slarty wrote:
On Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:55:31 -0000, Wendy Archer wrote:
You do have to register (free) before seeing the results of your search,
"Payment currently can only be made through Paypal. By selecting the page
or document you want to download, these will appear in your "shopping cart"
and on payment being completed, they will be available for you to download
to your computer."
It's free to register. It's free to see the small pieces of scan around
the matched text. It costs typically £2.50 to buy the full page scan.
To my mind, that's much too expensive. A typical set of searches might
yield maybe ten possibles each. It wouldn't take too long to find enough
page scans to rack up a three-figure bill. You have to ask yourself, "Am
I going to get more value out of less than 35 scans, most of which will
turn out to be false alarms, or a year's Ancestry membership?"
It certainly changes my decision base from "let's risk it, it's only a
quid" to "at that price, I'm not paying unless I'm absolutely certain."
Pricing is a classic business dilemma. If you charge low, will you get
enough extra business to cover the lower profit? If you charge high,
will you put off buyers? In this case, I think their business model may
be broken, as most PPV sites charge -far- less per image, and that's
what their market will expect. Not having an "all you can eat"
subscription option is also a bit of a mis-step.
Good luck to them, but...
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Currently researching LEE and BEDFORD families from Islington
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