Welcome to the next chapter of The Globe and Mail.
In October, we launched Globe Unlimited, a new pay model for digital journalism that will change and enhance news publishing in this country.
Globe Unlimited subscribers have access to the best of The Globe, in print and online, including a groundbreaking digital experience, with tools that allow you to set your own Globe reading list; a range of new, exclusive journalism and insights; and exclusive offers from our advertisers.
If you're a five- or six-day-a-week print subscriber, or you pay for GlobeInvestorGold or GlobePlus, you'll get unlimited digital access for free. If you prefer to read online through the week, and turn to print for our outstanding weekend newspaper, we have a bundled offer for you.
The online publishing world is changing quickly, in large part because of consumer habits and technology. Time-starved readers keep telling us they want curation and customization – editors to help them find the meaningful, reporters and columnists to help them understand the complex, and tools to give them what they care about, when they want it. And consumers are increasingly willing to pay for great journalism and a superb online experience. Better technology for content management, registration and payment also allows us to interact with paying readers much more efficiently.
You'll find similar products from quality newspapers around the world: from The New York Times to Britain's Telegraph, hundreds of newspapers have launched digital payment systems recently. We've gone further.
As part of Globe Unlimited, we have built a host of customization features, including the Dashboard, a tool that helps you keep on top of your favourite companies, teams, fitness tips, political files – whatever you seek at The Globe.
We have paired that with other subscriber-only features, including a new unit in Report on Business that will deliver quick, daily analysis of the day's breaking business and economic news, morning online editorials to help make sense of the world, and a regular letter from the editor to give subscribers a ringside seat in the newsroom. Derek DeCloet, the editor of Report on Business, explains more in a column.
Regardless of platform, the country's best journalism remains our daily standard. While many of our traditional rivals retreat, we are bolstering our newsroom. Look soon for a South American bureau to add to our understanding of Canada's world, an investigations team to probe what really should matter to this country, and expanded coverage of health, education and Canadian politics.
Already the most acclaimed and widely read single newspaper site in Canada, globeandmail.com will remain free for most of our users – those who want to survey our home pages and section fronts for business, life, commentary, arts and sports, sample 10 stories a month, find us through search engines, watch videos, use our Watchlist tool to follow stocks and mutual funds, or click on some of our most popular features such as Letters to the Editor, horoscopes and weather, which will remain universally free. We value our casual online readers because they represent future subscribers.
If you love the printed page, this isn't going away, either. We will continue to publish a compelling daily look at Canada and its world – our society, economy, governments, ourselves – and enhance the weekend feast that we publish every Saturday.
To learn more about Globe Unlimited, including videos of how it works, visit globeandmail.com/aboutunlimited. And be sure: In print, on the Web, on mobile, The Globe will refuse to accept limits on what we can do to enrich our readers' minds and help push our country forward. It's Globe Unlimited like never before.
The Globe's editor-in-chief also took your questions on Globe Unlimited. Read the questions and answers from John Stackhouse here.