Here's a sampling of reader response to Scot Lehigh's Wednesday column.
"Simply stated, I would mourn the demise of the Globe as I would the passing of an old and dear friend . . . [O]ne of my pleasures in life is to take time out of my hectic schedule and sit down with the Globe and a cup of coffee. . . I propose that a SAVE THE BOSTON GLOBE fund be established so that like-minded readers can contribute to saving an important part of our lives."
- SUSAN VOKEY
"I read the Globe online as a connection to my old home. I'd gladly pay $10-$12 a month for complete access if it would keep the paper going."
"Please start charging me $10 per month ASAP. To keep Internet access free while allowing the paper to deteriorate and die would be insane."
"I pay $1-$4 for apps on my iPhone that I rarely use and mostly are for fun. . . . I pay $30 a month for unlimited text messaging on my phone so I don't have to interact with human beings when I'm not in the mood. Would I donate a few $s to a news outlet that I read every single day exclusively on-line? You bet. Just waiting for someone to ask!"
- KIM DAMOKOSH
"I canceled my subscription two years ago because I concluded that the Globe was not fair in its coverage or lack of coverage. I do access the website but limit my reading to business and sports. I would not pay for the access."
- TED STEVENS
"I agree that it is time to start selling your content on-line. I get the Wall Street Journal that way. I would also be willing to pay more for the paper version (yes, it means that much to me)."
- SUE KLINE
"As long as free access to high-quality news sources on the Web continues, [the] Globe charging for [its] Web edition is likely to be suicidal. I recognize the dilemma, but see no localized solution."
- MARCUS KAREL
"Scot Lehigh . . . wonders if readers are willing to pay for the online version. I say make them pay! . . . [T]he Globe could feature a "What did it cost to produce this issue of the Globe?" button next to the payment button."
- DEBORAH HOLT
"I find that whenever I click on a link to an article that requires subscription - even a free subscription - I just don't read the article . . . My solution would be to lobby the federal government for a surcharge assessed to all Internet users via their ISP."
- ANDREW GRIFFITH
"To charge per article read is a faulty approach since many articles might not turn out to be of interest yet one would be charged for a glimpse. A monthly fee for monthly access makes as much sense as a monthly prepaid subscription to the real paper."
- CAROLYN BISHOP
"Just as I contribute to NPR, I would pay for Boston.com (even though it wouldn't be tax-deductible)."
- ANDREA KRAMER
"I think the only way for the Globe to survive is for the Web reader to pay and the best way to do that is through micro-payments. . . Those that value what you do will pay for it. We pay for cable TV, but we had to get used to the idea."
- FRANK W. RIEPE
"[I]f new sustainable models like the subscription-based access or fee-based articles that you proposed aren't tried, then death is certain and life as we know it will suffer.
- DAVID E. STEIN
"I'm probably just an old guy who is out of tune with the times, but they will get my newspaper when they pry it from my cold, dead hands! . . . Charge for Web content if that's what it takes."
- GRAYDON MCCORMICK
"We just sent you a three-month subscription! Don't wimp out."
- SALLY FREEMAN
"I'm 66. I've been sitting down with a cup of coffee, my morning Globe, and the Times for 40 years. I detest getting my news online! Try and do something. Please."
- SUSAN NEISULER