From the publisher

It has a few different names: The metered system, the all-platform-access program, a digital subcription, or a paywall.

Beginning Dec. 5, 2012, The Kansas City Star joined hundreds of other news operations in moving to whatever it is you’d like to call it. Essentially, we’re now charging a little bit for people to get our content, but you are able to access it in a multitude of ways.

The Star added all of our digital subscription products for our home delivery subscribers so that you can enjoy one inclusive print and digital “Star+” subscription package.

Now, I understand that being charged for something that has been free isn’t fun. But we are much more than paper and a homepage. Providing unlimited access across all platforms for a small amount makes good sense.

This all-access way of packaging our content addresses the new ways people come to us, and provides incredible flexibility for our readers.

Readers have unlimited access to our suite of digital products, including, e-Star replica edition, mobile apps, tablet apps, digital back-issues and archive databases. This provides subscribers with access on smart phones, tablets, PCs and more. With e-Star – our digital replica of The Star’s print edition -- articles, photographs, even in-paper ads and crossword puzzles, can be emailed, printed and saved.

We hope you’ll recognize that it is a logical strategy to enable us to provide quality local news and information in the increasingly myriad ways people reach us.

We are glad more people than ever read The Kansas City Star, as technology continues to enable us to reach more people in more ways. Thank you for reading and for helping us continue to serve and grow in this community, as we have for more than 133 years.

Mi-Ai Parrish