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BostonGlobe.com now a subscription-only site

BostonGlobe.com, which launched last month and was initially available to readers on a free trial basis, is charging for access to its content today, Globe officials said.

The Globe is offering a special promotional subscription to the new site - 99 cents for the first four weeks. After that, a subscription to BostonGlobe.com will cost $3.99 a week. Subscribers to the Globe’s print edition will not have to pay extra for access to BostonGlobe.com.

“We’ve been pleased with the response to BostonGlobe.com during the free trial and are excited about entering this new phase of the initiative,’’ said Globe publisher Christopher M. Mayer.

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As a subscription-only website, BostonGlobe.com will combine the newspaper’s print stories with breaking news on a site designed for customers who want premium content that they can read on multiple devices, from computers to tablets to smartphones.

With its innovative “responsive design’’ feature, the site’s presentation adapts to any device. Another feature allows stories to be saved for later offline reading.

The Globe is keeping Boston.com as a free site that will continue to offer breaking news, blogs, photo galleries, sports coverage, and a limited selection of stories from the paper.

The Globe joins other major newspapers in charging for online content as readers and advertisers continue migrating to the Internet.

The strategy at the Globe is unique in that the paper has decided to split its news brands - Boston.com and The Boston Globe - into different websites.


Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.