The Internet is a proven medium for information sharing and content dissemination and e-content sites flourished with the introduction of the World Wide Web. Initially these sites relied on Internet advertising as a means towards profitability but that proved to be short-sighted. In order for most e-content sites to be successful today, they must re-examine, modify and re-adjust their online business practices. One way to do this is to adopt a ‘some free-some fee’ services based model. In this model, content remains free but is enhanced with a collection of services to which fees are assessed. A review of e-content Web sites utilizing this model was undertaken and findings suggest variation in the types of services provided and the pricing structures employed.
Murray, Meg, "A Review of the Operationalization of the ‘Some Free-Some Fee’ Service-Based Model by E-Content Web Sites " (2005). SAIS 2005 Proceedings. 6.