Why is Salon Premium worthwhile?
February 14, 2005 7:35 AM   Subscribe

Why shouldn't I let my Salon premium subscription lapse?
posted by MattD to Computers & Internet (16 answers total)
 
Because you enjoy the content enough to justify the cost?

I'm not sure what you're looking for here.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 7:41 AM on February 14, 2005


A)You read Salon very regularly.
B)You can't tolerate watching ads once every 24 hours for a day pass.
C)You don't didn't know of the cookie trick.
D)You like Salon and wish to show your appreciation monetarily.
posted by Gyan at 7:43 AM on February 14, 2005


Personally, I like Heather Havrilesky's TV column. And as someone employed by an online news site, I appreciate the idea that there are Web-only magazines out there that are trying to make money and have no problem supporting that. I know people who spend $35+ on magazine subscriptions that come only every month or two months, while Salon offers new content daily. Your mileage may vary.
posted by GaelFC at 7:48 AM on February 14, 2005


More color -- I've read Salon more or less faithfully since it's first few weeks on the web. (1995?).

It's become steadily more tiresome in its political pieces, and its other main obsession -- commitment-phobia and sexual free agency in all their varieties -- but I still find the arts and technology commentary quite useful, and even occasionally essential.

At the micro level I'm interested in feedback on the alternatives to subscription, and at the macro level to persuasion that it might become more essential, or less tiresome, on the axes of coverage mentioned above.
posted by MattD at 7:49 AM on February 14, 2005


Because they got rid of Andrew Sullivan.
posted by inksyndicate at 7:53 AM on February 14, 2005


At the micro level I'm interested in feedback on the alternatives to subscription

Check points B and C in my first reply.

at the macro level to persuasion that it might become more essential, or less tiresome, on the axes of coverage mentioned above.

I don't quite follow the relevance of these aspects to subscription, given that you can access all content without subscribing.
posted by Gyan at 7:56 AM on February 14, 2005


They have Stephanie Zacharek. It's worth subscribing using my SO's subscription to read her movie reviews.
posted by goatdog at 8:51 AM on February 14, 2005


The subscription perks (free/discounted magazine subscriptions) often end up being more valuable than the cost of membership.

The free MP3 downloads they offer every few months.

You're lazy and accidently let it autorenew on your card.
posted by alan at 9:16 AM on February 14, 2005


Should I have Thai or Chinese for lunch today? Help me out here.
posted by Tacodog at 9:37 AM on February 14, 2005


Yes.
posted by Quartermass at 9:43 AM on February 14, 2005


Maybe a taco?
posted by fionab at 10:02 AM on February 14, 2005


Because the premium subscription gets you full length articles in the AvantGo version of Salon, which is perfect for PDA reading while taking bathroom breaks at work.

Um, not that I do this myself, of course.
posted by Pufferish at 10:04 AM on February 14, 2005


I like the Sidney Blumenthal column, and the gossip column, and the MP3 weekly downloads, and the War Room political column, and the premiums (NY Review of Books, Wired, New Yorker), and the bias, and the personals, and the book section.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 10:37 AM on February 14, 2005


Funny timing on this question, since Salon just announced a new editor-in-chief. And the MP3 download feature is going daily. I've been wondering the same thing lately, and for the same reasons as you, but I guess I'll give the new editor a chance for a while.
posted by fuzz at 10:50 AM on February 14, 2005


Thanks, everybody. The AvantGo factor would be compelling to me if Salon and AvantGo had their sh*t pulled together to have the day's Salon content uploaded to AvantGo by my morning commute (I'm on a very early train, East Coast time). By my return home I've usually checked out the day's stories from my desk.

I found some nice things on the Salon MP3 download feature, that's definitely something to ponder.

What would put it over the top would be if someone on MeFi would do a Nader-Gore type swap thing with me and take out a National Review online subscription :)
posted by MattD at 11:47 AM on February 14, 2005


No good reason. It's SALON!
posted by justgary at 2:30 PM on February 14, 2005


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