APN paywall, with News Corp goodies. Well, this is it. Today APN rolls out paywalls across the websites of its rural press empire. This will affect a dozen daily regional papers in Queensland and New South Wales, which will now operate a soft paywall, with readers able to read 10 articles before being asked to sign on.

To lure readers over the paywall ($6-$8 a week, half-price for the first six weeks), APN is offering a grab-bag of goodies along with a subscription. They include subscriptions to Fox Sports and The Washington Post. This follows a trial run started in August that included a similar offer at the Toowoomba Chronicle.