I'm not ashamed to admit it -- I love free stuff. When TheWashington Post
So color this Fool elated at the announcement that flashed across my computer screen on Wednesday: Dow Jones'
According to Dow Jones, the new weekend edition will feature the usual business and financial news, as well as a new section titled "Pursuits." (Not sure what that's all about, but hey, it's free.)
But enough about the benefits for WSJ subscribers; Dow Jones investors will probably want to know what's in it for them. After all, they are the ultimate owners of the newspaper that will be giving away 20% of its current content, gratis. Well, Dow Jones admits that the addition of the weekend edition is going to crimp earnings a bit, terming it "modestly dilutive." That's logical. But I suspect that Dow Jones investors have little to worry about from this development. For one thing, the majority of them probably subscribes to the paper and so will reap some personal benefit even if their investment returns do slow somewhat. For another -- and here's where you really have to read the press release carefully -- the announcement says the new edition will start running on Sept. 10. Today, for those who haven't had their cup of Starbucks
Color this freebie-loving Fool cynical. But that sounds like plenty of time to hike the subscription price for the five-day version of the WSJ by oh, say, 20%.
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Fool contributor Rich Smith owns shares of Netflix but of no other company mentioned in this article.