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Online Subscription Solution Raises $1.75M

MediaPass, a subscription manager for websites, announced that it has raised $1.75 million in series B funding. Established to offer monetization solutions for online content, MediaPass offers web publishers, big or small, a simple way to implement paid content models. While developing and applying a paywall can be complicated and time consuming, users of MediaPass simply need to copy and paste a few lines of code. The service is highly customizable, and allows users the options of metered paywalls and choosing specific content that requires subscriptions. Read more

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Paid Content Model to Expand in Europe

“What we are trying to do is set up the biggest paid content experiment of all,” said Tomáš Bella, CEO of Piano Media. Addressing The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit on Wednesday, Bella talked about the mindset of the company as one that looks beyond the dualism of paid vs. unpaid—a mindset that seems to be paying off. The system allows readers to pay for access to a group of participating publishers. So far, the experiment has yielded promising results in the smaller markets of Slovakia and Slovenia: people are more likely to pay for this sort of inclusive paywall as opposed to paying for individual ones. The payment system has had no negative impact on traffic, and surprisingly, people even paid for content that was already free. “It is definitely not the articles we are selling,” said Bella, “we are selling peace of mind.” He likened it to the cable TV model of paying for a lot of channels, where most subscribers don’t watch most of the channels. Read more

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal To Contribute On Quarterly.co, New Site For Gifts In Mail

Alexis Madrigal's contributor page on Quarterly.co

I took a double-take when I first read Quarterly Co.’s site description. The new website allows users to subscribe to influential figures and receive packages from them in the mail each quarter. But my reaction is probably not uncommon, and that’s the point; in an era dominated by online interactions, Quarterly Co. wants to  remind people of the “tangible interactions that happen in the real world.”

“It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor,” the site’s about page says.

Although the concept seems strange and unsustainable to me, the coolest part is that Alexis Madrigal — a co-founder of Longshot Magazine and senior editor at The Atlantic — is one of the first contributors.

From his page on the site:

My gifts will be part science class and part history, sprinkled lightly with the bliss you felt out behind the gym when you looked up at the stars and thought, “Whoa. There are so many stars.” Your wonder was legit, even if you were really stoned.

It costs $25/quarter to subscribe. Invites are only temporarily opened to the public, so sign up while you still have a chance and check out the rest of the contributors.

Hat tip to Greg Linch, who pointed this link out to me.