Sometime back I came up with a controversial notion that information is free. To be clear, it wasn’t that it ought to be free but that it actually was free. What people pay for is the medium.
Today, Paul Graham has a new essay out that says the same thing:
Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won’t pay for content anymore. At least, that’s how they see it.
In fact consumers never really were paying for content, and publishers weren’t really selling it either. If the content was what they were selling, why has the price of books or music or movies always depended mostly on the format? Why didn’t better content cost more? 
A copy of Time costs $5 for 58 pages, or 8.6 cents a page. The Economist costs $7 for 86 pages, or 8.1 cents a page. Better journalism is actually slightly cheaper.
It’s a good, free read.