Thursday, May 19, 2011

Read the AJN - FREE!

Now here's some info that you won't get elsewhere.

Most people wouldn't know it, but in addition to its website (which compares most unfavorably with almost any other Jewish newspaper - anywhere), the Jewish News publishes an electronic "smart" edition of both the Melbourne and Sydney newspapers. These include every single page of the paper. The model used is reasonably user-friendly. The current week's edition is usually available to subscribers by Wednesday evening.

Here is a screenshot of the subscription fees, which - strangely - are higher than for the hard copy version. Go figure.

We delved further and found that there is a website "" which hosts these and many other (1700) newspapers. They seem to have a totally different price schedule, which, if we understood it correctly, offers the same service (and more) at a far lower cost.

But wait, there's more...

The State Libraries of Victoria and WA subscribe to Press Display, which means that any member of the library can download the newspapers that they host - including the Melbourne and Sydney editions of AJN - free! (We haven't checked it out, but assume that the same situation applies in thr other states' main libraries.)

All you have to do, is go to your State Library website and join up as a member. You will receive a membership card in the mail with details on how to log on - and you will  be able to read the AJN (if you really want to) at no cost.

Here's a few pages from this week's Sydney edition from that website:

And what may be of even greater interest, the Jerusalem Post daily print edition is also available at that site. Here's today's front page:


  1. Gee thanks Ajnwatch. Save myself $3.50 a week - just to read the hatches matches and despatches. The rest of the stuff there is all available on the net - and much more of it.

    And teh Sydney edition is also something I like to check out every now and then, so this is a great resource.

  2. I wouldn't read that paper - even for free.

  3. I have been a state library member for years and didn't know of this. Thanks

    ajnwatch - keep up the good work

  4. Thanks I now can read tge Melb AJn before my cousin in Melb gets it..


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