By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Starting next week, there will be a limit to the free stories you can read on

Philadelphians have become accustomed to reading Inquirer and Daily News stories for free on their phones, tablets or computers on But starting September 5, the free ride is over.

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Amy Buckman is public relations manager for Philadelphia Media Network.

“If you’re in our local area and you click though to more than ten articles per month, you’re going to be asked to pay to support our journalism.”

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Print subscribers will pay 25 or 50 cents a week for digital access, depending on their subscription level. They can opt-out of digital if they wish.

Digital-only subscriptions start at $.99 for the first four weeks, going up to $2.99 a week after that.

A company statement says readers are being asked to pay because traditional advertising can no longer be expected to support PMN’s digital and print options.

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Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Inquirer, Daily News and, is a for-profit company owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute.