Google Now Selling News Subscriptions To Support Publications
Google on Tuesday announced a new system meant to facilitate the process of signing up for news subscriptions by introducing only a single requirement for doing so – owning a Google account. The functionality is being advertised as “Subscribe with Google” and presently supports subscriptions offered by seventeen participating publishers, with the list including the likes of the Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Telegraph, la Republica, Le Figaro, and The New York Times. Africa is the only inhabited continent that’s presently missing a representative on the list of Subscribe with Google partners, though the Alphabet-owned company already vowed to continue introducing new publishers to the program going forward.
Subscribe with Google lets you buy a subscription, using your Google account, on participating news sites. Select the publisher offer you’d like to buy, click “Subscribe,” and you’re done. You’ll automatically be signed in to the site, and you can pay–securely and privately—with any credit card you’ve used with Google in the past. From then on, you can then use “Sign In with Google” to access the publisher’s products, but Google does the billing, keeps your payment method secure, and makes it easy for you to manage your subscriptions all in one place.