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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 1:33 pm

The Providence (R.I.) Journal said it will start charging readers for its e-edition beginning tomorrow, Feb. 28, creating 10 subscription tiers. The paper’s new e-edition had been available as a free trial since Oct. 17. Its free website, providencejournal.com, will not change.

“The printed Providence Journal and Providence Sunday Journal are the cornerstones of our business, delivering essential news and advertising,” Publisher Howard Sutton said in The Journal’s article announcing the move yesterday. “The Journal eEdition is a powerful bridge in information delivery — the link between our printed newspaper, with its premium content, and the free providencejournal.com, with its essential fast-moving news and information.”

Seven-day subscriptions to print and digital will be priced at $416 per year, essentially making digital free to print subscribers, while seven-day digital-only subscriptions, including access to Web and iPad editions, will be priced at $208 annually. The iPad edition alone will be $192 per year through Apple’s App Store. Weekend print subscriptions with seven-day digital access will cost $312 per year, the publisher said.

To see News & Tech’s list of papers with digital subscriber plans, click here

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