Yesterday Apple announced their new subscription service, many publishers are less than hapopy with it, and now it seems they have an alternative with Google’s new One Pass.
The timing of Google’s One Pass announcement couldn’t be better, as Apple is coming under criticism, Google has announced an alternative that will make publishers happy.
With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them—offering subscriptions, metered access, “freemium” content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps. The service also lets publishers give existing print subscribers free (or discounted) access to digital content. We take care of the rest, including payments technology handled via Google Checkout.
Our goal is to provide an open and flexible platform that furthers our commitment to support publishers, journalism and access to quality content. Like First Click Free, Fast Flip and Living Stories, this is another initiative developed to enable publishers to promote and distribute digital content.
So whilst Apple has just added more restrictions to its app store, Google is now offering a new service for publisher with very little restrictions at all, you can see full details over at the Google Blog.