For a limited time, the new version will be freely available to anyone with an internet connection or smart phone. In time, it will be available only to paid subscribers.
“An E-edition of the San Juan Record has been available for several years,” said San Juan Record publisher Bill Boyle. “But it was rather ‘clunky’ and was only available as an add-on. The new E-edition looks and reads great and is available for all subscribers.”
“The timing for our new E-edition is ideal,” said Boyle. “New technology allows us to provide an excellent online product, at the same time we are experiencing increased challenges with the US Postal system.”
The US Postal Service has announced a rate increase beginning on January 22. In addition, the USPS plans additional significant changes in coming months, including the possible closure of the Provo, Utah distribution center and the elimination of next-day delivery.
“Our local postal service is excellent,” said Boyle, “but the farther you get from San Juan County, the more challenges we face in getting readers the paper. We often hear frustrated stories from far-away readers who do not receive the paper for weeks after it is mailed.”
The E-edition will be delivered electronically each week to subscribers, wherever they are. Subscribers can get a weekly e-mail reminder when the E-edition is published.
After the free introductory period, an email address and password will be needed to register for the E-edition.
The increased service will be accompanied by an increase in subscription costs.
For local subscribers, a one-year subscription to the San Juan Record is $25. It includes both the print version and the E-edition.
The $25 annual rate also applies to readers from surrounding communities in our market area, such as Moab, Dove Creek and Cortez. Previously, they have been paying out-of-county rates.
For $30 a year, out-of-area subscribers can get the E-edition only. This will allow long-distance readers to get the weekly news for less than they have been paying for a print edition.
Currently, it costs $38 a year to send the newspaper to an out-of-county subscriber, and that is just for printing and postage.
With the January 22 postal rate increase, the San Juan Record will increase the out-of-county print subscription from $36 to $40 a year. Making the E-edition available for every subscriber is a way to soften the price increase while increasing the value f the subscription.
Links to the E-edition are provided at the San Juan Record website, at www.sjrnews.com. The free website will continue to provide a limited number of stories from our print and E-edition.
In addition, the website publishes additional content that may not fit in the print edition, such as photographs, story archives, and expanded stories. The website averages more than 5,000 hits each week.
“Our readership continues to grow,” said Boyle. “We hope this change helps facilitate an even greater number of people to enjoy the paper.”
Quotes that accompany the story come from subscribers to the previous online version of the paper. They began accessing the new site in the past week.