Skiff Joins a Cadre of E-Subscription Options

Hearst is unveiling Skiff, its own service to sell subscriptions to newspapers and magazines on dedicated e-reading and other convergent devices.

Hearst executives say that they were driven to create Skiff because existing options just don’t live up to the expectations of newspaper readers–and the business needs of publishers.

Here’s a round-up of what else exists in the market today:

Amazon Kindle

The Offer: Wireless subscriptions to 77 U.S. and international newspapers and 40 magazines. Articles are displayed with headlines, text and some photos in a format that looks like the page in a book, not a newspaper.

Prices: $6 to $15 per month for newspapers, $1.50 to $11

Sony Reader

The Offer: Subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, which have yet to be named. More are forthcoming when Sony’s (SNE) wireless Daily Edition Reader hits the market later this month.

Prices: Unknown

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