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10 Best Articles on Subscription Business

A reading list of the best and most useful articles on subscription business from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Subscription Business Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on subscription business by Refind users in 2022.

  1. One subscriber or 48,000 pageviews: Why every journalist should know the “unit economics” of their content »…
  2. The New York Times digital paywall business is growing as fast as Facebook and faster than Google
  3. Scale your subscription ecommerce billing with your business.
  4. Business Lessons from Ben Thompson’s Stratechery
  5. What's the Right Business Model for Good Writing?

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Short Articles

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Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Subscription Business, including:

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Nieman Lab

We are the Nieman Journalism Lab, part of @niemanfdn at Harvard. We're trying to figure out the future of news.

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Recode

Recode by Vox. Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to our podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Lh1RBy

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Nir Eyal

Bestselling author of "Hooked" and "Indistractable"

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We monitor hundreds of sources on subscription business, including Nieman Lab, Recode, Nir Eyal, and many more.

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