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Macworld, the magazine and website devoted to all things Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), is launching a range of online subscription products. The various subscription plans fall under the Macworld Insider program. Membership is required for Insider access, with the first level starting at $19.95 a year up to $39.95 annually. With the inability of online ads to offset the declines on the print side, more publishers are trying to find ways of presenting premium content. But aside from that, Macworld is also gearing Insider membership to one of parent IDG’s big moneymakers, the Macworld Expo in January.
Among the benefits of the Insider membership are full access to the magazine’s online archives, full-text RSS feeds of all Macworld content along with a PDF archive of back issues. The archive currently dates back to January 2007 with more back issues to come. In addition, each PDF is a DRM-free file that’s completely searchable via Spotlight and compatible with the iPad.