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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Subscriptions to the printed Brazil Times will include unlimited access to content across digital platforms, publisher Randy List announced today.

The new initiative will go live Wednesday, Jan. 25.

List details the business decision in a column, which appears on today's opinion page. He said a new technology platform developed in-house will allow integration with the newspaper's current subscription system.

List also announced the newspaper site would be optimized for the smart phones as well as other mobile products, which will also be included in the print subscription.

"In other words," List said, "subscribing to the print newspaper, which includes many features unavailable online -- like coupons, pre-print inserts, comic strips, nationally syndicated columnists and much more -- just became more valuable."

Non-print subscribers will have the option of paying for an online premium subscription, which will allow them full digital access.

Those who aren't a Brazil Times' subscriber or don't subscribe the newspaper's website, www.thebraziltimes.com, will be limited to the number of free "premium" content views such as news stories, blogs and records.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, readers will be able to register on the new system or get additional information by going to www.thebraziltimes.com/access or by calling 1-800-444-4812.

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This is unfortunate... Too bad the times isn't worth subscribing to. I am going to miss all of the drama in the comments post.

-- Posted by no1special on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 4:27 PM

Yes it is too bad, sad to see our freedom of speech go away :( .And because of the internet going away as well I say goodbye to Free people all over Clay County. Wow I never thought I would ever see this in America in the year 2012. This is why I spent 20+ years of my life fighting against and now you are pulling the plug Officially BT I am ending my subscription!Good bye and don't to forget to vote.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 7:35 PM

How many visits are going to be allowed?

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 8:08 PM

How many visits are we going to be allowed?

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 8:15 PM

Yup, I'm out. Not gonna pay for this one when I can read the Tribune and Indianapolis Stars and find the same news

-- Posted by Mr. D on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 11:30 PM

What do you mean your freedom of speech is going away? It's not. You simply have to pay to read the paper online. Books-A-Million would not let you unwrap a book and read it without paying for it. Same goes with the TIMES. I wondered how long it would be before something like this happened. I'm glad they're doing it. You will all be back to find the answer to Oldone1959's question(s). You will all be back to find the answer to Oldone1959's question(s). (Sorry, Oldone... couldn't resist the repeat... LOL)

This will also weed out a lot of rude and unnecessary comments.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 6:34 AM

This is probably a bad business decision on the Times part, but it's theirs to make. For those wanting state/local news, I'd suggest indystar.com or tribstar.com.

-- Posted by goknights on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 8:17 AM

Like I said goodbye to freedom of speech Mr BT is apart of the corrupt Establishment that whats to keep the public dumbed down so they can write non sense and try to get you guys to believe it and it's working and the people are blind to the facts that's how our media works these days .We are never told the truth.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 8:38 AM

i think this is good business.. greencastle paper and brazil paper should conbine both oh they do in most things. call it bannertimes.

i also think alot of the comments on here are the way the people really think but some are scared to say it. Brazil doesn't Care what you think , people saying they are running this town only Care about themselves and their family. This is why this town will never be nothing more than a run down town.

why do people care about coupons, people whom swipe their hoosier works cards (over that 50% of the town) (guessing) don't even work and couponing is work.

Good luck!

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 11:14 AM

Pay? For what? The three storys per week that pique my interest? The Brazil Times doesn't work hard enough to earn my money. I say good riddance!

-- Posted by MFurryasse on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 12:29 PM

Too bad, the online service was a convenient way to stay connected, in some small way, for those of us that are no longer a part of the community -- but not worth $100 a year to read the obits and about a local tweaker that got busted for methamphetamines.

-- Posted by Brazil 78 on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 4:05 PM

A poster above nailed it. While I do enjoy reading the occasional column, just to keep up on local politics and such, there definitely is not enough to The Brazil Times to warrant the money they are asking. Perhaps if they had a reporter that actually did some investigative journalism, or produced articles that had some depth. the simple columns published are usually nothing more than a few quotes from an official, and not worth a paid subscription.

Good luck TBT. I really do wish the paper well, but it wont be getting my $100 per year.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 6:05 PM

do you really think the braziltimes cares about this town ? they are the banner graphic too.heck most read for the comments not the article, it's usually wrong anyway

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 7:22 PM

No problem about the repeat remark. :) Typed the question and it didn't post after 15 min. So not seeing it show up, I reposted it. Would it have been faster if I had been paying for the paper on this site?

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 9:12 PM

why can't they pay for their online site with ads like most sites do. darn I'm going to miss reading the comments.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 11:05 PM

I am not surprised at all. Look at the number of local newspapers shutting down across the country. This gives our small town paper a chance to survive. How many people that argue and fight about grammar on this forum have a paper subscription? You want to read the story(that someone has taken the time to write) critique it, complain about it, then argue about the spelling, but God forbid you pay roughly $8/month. This is not about taking your freedom of speech away(you can still write a letter to the editor when ever you want) this is about paying someone to do a job. The number of subscriptions goes down every year, they have to make money to be able to pay their employees. If you want better stories, then you need better writers. Better writers don't work for the crumbs that a small town paper can afford to pay. It's a vicious cycle. No one wants to pay because the writing isn't good enough, but it can't get better if we don't support it. It's the same with the shops/theater/restaurants in town. The Brazil Times is like any other small business in Brazil; struggling to stay alive without local support.

-- Posted by carnie0069 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 9:18 AM

Wow, really? $100/year? Too rich for my blood. Oh sure, I'll miss the comments section, but all is not lost .. I have an idea. (more to follow)

Unfortunately, you can't START charging out the nose for online subscriptions for the sole purpose of paying writers more than 'crumbs'. If you have nothing to show for that price, people won't pay for it .. unless they have more money than they have sense (or cents .. ; ).

Mr. LaPlante - looks like they succeeded with you.

CAREBUTTON - there are a lot more couponers in town that you realize. I, personally, don't purchase the Times for coupons (or any other reason). It isn't "a deal" for me. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:40 AM


I agree with what you say, with an exception. TBT is not offering anything more for the money. They are not offering better columns, or more skilled writers. What they are offering is the same paper that, until now, has been free to read online.

I would be happy to pay for a worthy upgrade. I can afford the $100, but refuse to pay it for something that is not worth it.

@The Brazil Times

If you want my money, and probably many others too, offer something worth $8 a month. Currently you do not. There are very few decent articles in TBT, and those that do make the paper, are usually also available by simply changing the URL to any local news agency.

For nearly ten years, I have made my living by writing creative articles. You might be surprised how successful a website can be when it attracts readers for more than its comments section.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 4:07 PM

These are just rough estimates:

Home delivery is 32/day

Newstand is 75/day

New Online Only is about 29/day ($8.75/mth)

if your new to both it's about 25/day ($15.50 for the first 3 mths,$7.75 every month after that)

I'm still up for debate on if it will be worth the money... but I do think...that in the long run, the Brazil Times, may be shooting themselves in the foot by taking this approach to things. I realize circulation is down... but I'm not sure this is the way to fix that.

-- Posted by mhicks on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 4:40 PM

$100 a year??? Not gonna pay it. There is seldom a real news story in the Times and when there is the facts are usually pretty far from the truth. There is reason for the drop in subscriptions and its not because of on line readers. WAKE UP TBT EDITORS!!!! If this rag was worth subscribing to myself and most of the readers here would be glad to pay up.

-- Posted by jddriver on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 8:19 PM

I don't blame the TIMES a bit. A lot of newspapers around the world are suffering due to the internet. That's what's wrong with the post office, hardly anyone sends "snail mail". It's all e-mail. You can pay bills, balance banking accounts, order food, make appointments, order prescriptions and graduate college, all on line. You can already sign memorial guestbooks online, all that's needed is a picture of the deceased in a casket.

Mark my word... if there's a serious power outage, this world's going to hell in a hand basket.

-- Posted by My Dime on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 8:21 PM

I LOVE the BT! Grew up with it as a kid, and continue to use it as a way to keep in touch with a small town. I don't read BT for the grand news stories. I read BT's because there are stories about our LOCAL people/events. Every parent wants to see their kids pic in it...homecoming, elementary donations, parade pics. I enjoy the sentimental stories and classifieds. If you want more "newsworthy" information, subscribe to THTS or move to Terre Haute for bigger city issues and bigger city news. I understand their need to keep their heads above water....too bad some people are too cheap to pay for it. I bet you'll run to the newstand and buy it a few days per week!

-- Posted by abbccc on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 8:54 PM

oldone1959: The reason you did not see your post the first time, was because it has to be screened before it gets posted. Now tell me about the 1st amendment again? I don't think that this is what Jefferson had in mind. We know some who commits crimes in Brazil, but not all. Have you looked at the police blotter in the records section? See any names in there that you did not read an article about. We got the name of a sex predator the other day. But when they register after conviction, they have to give their address. Didn't read that in the Times. Ever read the name of the other person involved in a motorcycle accident across from the Armory? We know who died, but we were given the name of the person who was driving the other car. "The pubic has the right to know" - Brazil Times in the 80's.

There is all kinds of creative editing. Why don't we see Karen Meister's blog anymore?

Look, you get what you pay for. Print media is going by the way side. Many will get a bail out from POTUS. They have to make money, and Mr. List is a businessman. He has no sympathetic ties to the small town newspapers. He made a monetary investment, and he deserves to run it how he wants. What happened to the term "paperboy", in small town America?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 8:52 AM

Shame on you guys, do you realize employees of the Brazil and Banner papers haven't had any sort of raise in 3 years? Most of it due to decline in subscribers and advertising. And maybe this year they MAY be able to get a cost of living raise that will probably amount to 15-20 cents an hour. And you are complaining because you are going to have to pay for their hard work and dedication they have been GIVING to you guys. Wow you are so considerate, right along with the corporate pigs that get tens of thousands of dollars in yearly bonuses. And FYI the Greencastle, Brazil & Linton papers are separate entities, just so happens they are owned by the same company. Greencastle & Linton are the only buildings that have printing presses, so Brazil does print in Greencastle. Sure some of the content is alike if they share stories or if advertisers choose(pay) to put their ads in 2 or all 3 papers.

-- Posted by whoareyou on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 1:13 PM

Small town America has turned to the dogs to get the word out. Freedom of speech is dead in Indiana. RIP

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 1:17 PM


I don't think anyone is arguing the income vs earned status of TBT employees. In fact, without knowing details, my guess is they are underpaid.

The argument here is whether TBT newspaper and online print is worthy of the fees requested.

There are so many ways for TBT to subsidize its income with the online print paper. Raising subscriber fees is only one of them. It is also the one that would raise the least amount of money and drive subscribers away.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 1:39 PM

I would like to hear your suggestions, the newspapers value community suggestions. Over the last several years all 3 papers have implemented several strategies to help offset the hard blows of the economy. They went to mail delivery and cut a day of print. All to try to save the company money without have to raise the subscription rates or doing away with full-time jobs. As well, these papers supply our schools with newspapers for students, and only ask for community donations (of which is few and far between). The newspaper front desk deals with complaint after complaint. It really doesn't matter what the change will be, complaints will follow.

-- Posted by whoareyou on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 2:20 PM


If you have access to TBT online database, you should be able to get my email. Please send me an email, and I will be happy to discuss a strategy with you. I have years of experience at this, and I think I can help you.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 2:31 PM

I don't have access to the paper's databases.

-- Posted by whoareyou on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 2:37 PM

I know there are other news sources out there, but no one else is going to cover local teams like Carey Fox does.

-- Posted by alwaysopenminded on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 2:54 PM

In this day in age, everything has had some sort of increase in price sometimes two or three fold. These papers have not increased their subscription or advertising rates in the last 4 years (in addition to the other attempts) trying to help out the ENTIRE community. In return the paper receives fewer subscriptions and less advertising. All 3 of the papers have advertising space available on their websites, however small town businesses do not have a large enough budget for one form of advertising, let alone two. If the business is large enough to have the money, they don't need to advertise and 90% of the time they don't. The papers are constantly trying to come up with different, fun & new ideas for advertisers and readers to get involved with. But as always, not a lot of reaction to the positives, just the negatives. Individuals have also made it hard on the paper industry, instead of placing an ad to sell something (you can get an ad for $5-$10 for items $100 or less), facebook or other community pages are being used. These all hurt the papers in small town communities.

-- Posted by whoareyou on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 4:10 PM

I have reached my limit. Good bye folks

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 5:44 AM

It is ridiculous the amount of people that are complaining about this. Everything is great when its free. Go ahead keep your pockets nice and fat while everybody else dances around trying to keep you jerks happy for nothing. You are complaining about the cheapest thing you could ever buy. A daily cup of plain coffee costs more.

-- Posted by whoareyou on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 10:49 AM

To Conservative Dad

Really? Are you serious? I am pretty sure TBT is not going to get a bail out from the President. Don't be stupid.

-- Posted by alwaysopenminded on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 11:10 AM

Nicely put "whoareyou".........couldn't agree more!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 11:15 AM


How does anything the Times does hinder your free speech.

Go tell it on the mountain if you want, who's stopping you

-- Posted by alwaysopenminded on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 2:12 PM

I sure am going to miss you guys!! I don't know where else I can find this much drama...

-- Posted by no1special on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 4:21 PM

alwaysopenminded: Sorry that you that you did not understand my post. Hardly makes me stupid. But then I get that type of treatment a lot from liberals. What I was most will get a bail out. I hope not. But MOST print media is liberal, and the POTUS needs them to continue to push his agenda. I am sure that the BT will not get a bail out. There print run is too low. But the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, will likely get them at some point. You know, that 1st amendment thing about the "free press" and all.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Jan 27, 2012, at 10:35 PM

I'm going to miss all the small town, small minded antics I find in these comment pages ... but not much really.

It's like a low-grade version of a Jerry Springer sequel ... if you can get low-grade from there.


-- Posted by Gunslinger on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 2:32 PM

Gunslinger: You missed your calling as a comedian.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 7:36 PM

If newspapers and the post office are taking a hit because more people are conducting business (and reading newspapers) online, then perhaps those businesses need to "up the ante" on their product to keep online customers.

Case in point - the post office. They'll take your money for 2-day service, but will not GUARANTEE your package will arrive at the destination in 2-days. FEDEX/UPS will take your money (yes, slightly more than the USPO) and guarantee the delivery date.

They can CHARGE more, because they OFFER more. It's simple. Apparently, TOO simple for some people.

Technology is here to stay - and it's only going to get bigger. Climb aboard the train or get off at the next stop.

Banks offer online services and still have physical locations for those who need them. How do they survive in today's market? By catering to the customer and making money .. which is what business is all about.

For TBT to (IMO) 'gouge' it's customers by charging $100/year to read an online version of the local 8-page newspaper to offset employee wages is bad business. The outcry from the public in this forum is proof of that.

If their marketing people can't find other ways to make the newspaper money outside of charging THAT MUCH for online subscriptions .. it's time to clean house.

So many other businesses THRIVE even though they offer online services to their customers. Why can't TBT do it? Maybe because they don't have the right people doing the job.

Oh, and I have a good job. I'm not interested.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 12:25 PM

Emmes I think you would be great at that! C'mon.....think about it girl! You have spare time don't you? It won't take much to be better at it then the current emplyees! (IMHO of course...)

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 11:26 AM

I'm going to miss all you peeps after my scrip runs out. It's been real fun yea 1st amendment.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 11:40 AM

Help a sister out, PROUD! ; ) I'm glad I posted that yesterday, because TODAY starts a new month and I have 3 more chances to post stuff. ha ha

Maybe we should all move to TBT FB page to voice comments. They can't charge us for that.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 1, 2012, at 11:46 AM

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