Barnes & Noble has partnered with UWIRE, a wire service for college newspapers, to make digital editions of said newspapers available on its Nook tablet reader. It looks as if over 220 newspapers are available so far, including titles like the Harvard Crimson and Columbia Spectator.
The store is aimed at “students, alumni, faculty, and sports fans,” whom Barnes & Noble and UWIRE are hoping will shell out for a product that is almost always free on the college newspapers’ websites. It looks as if most subscriptions are being sold for between $0.99 and $1.99 a month.
But will this really work? It’s not the first time it has happened. In 2011, digital subscription platform Press+ and the Knight Foundation launched a program to let college papers collect donations and sell digital subscriptions. The future for brick and mortar book retailers still remains to be seen…