More newspapers are offering free or discounted tablet computers with digital subscriptions to sweeten the deal for subscribers. Thie week
brought a limited-time offer from The Financial Times, which says it will give a free Nexus 7 tablet computer to anyone in the U.S. who signs up for any of its subscription packages,
including print and digital subs.
The offer is valid until midnight, Eastern Time, on Dec. 17, according to the venerable British business newspaper, which specified that the offer is for a WiFi-equipped 8GB Nexus 7 from Google by Asus. The offer is limited to subscribers with mailing addresses in the continental United States, who haven’t already signed up for a FT subscription in the past six months.
A digital subscription to the FT costs $49 per month, or $446.50 per year.
Last week, another storied British newspaper, The Times, began offering a new digital subscription package which bundles a steeply discounted Nexus 7 tablet computer along with an 18-month subscription to the newspaper. The new subscription offer includes a 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet for £50, or about $80.50, compared to a retail price of £200, or roughly $322. The 18-month digital subscription costs £17.33 (or $28) per month, if paid on a monthly basis, for a total price of £362 or $583; if purchased all at once, the “Digital Pack” subscription costs £299 or $482.
Previously, Barnes & Noble offered a one-year digital subscription to The New York Times with various Nook devices, and last year, the Philadelphia Media Group, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, revealed plans to market a relatively cheap tablet-style reader using Google's Android operating system to readers.