Sun Journal launches new website

Beginning today you will notice some changes in our website. The design has been updated and we now have information from all the Sun Media news outlets located throughout Central Maine. 

If you are a current print subscriber, you are now considered an All-Access Member for both print and digital. You will continue to get unlimited access on our website for premium articles as well as other offers and discounts outlined in our member benefit page.

If you are not a current subscriber and would like to become a member, there is also a link to our membership subscriptions in the same area.

All visitors are allowed 10 free clicks to premium articles during a 30 day period and will then be prompted for membership options. Premium articles are denoted using a grey key next to the headline.

We hope you like our new site and Membership program.

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GARY SAVARD's picture

Glitches in the new system are a definate pain.

I am a long time print subscriber and I haven't been able to sign into the new format due to glitches in the system. I've been told that because I was previously registered in order to make comments, my e-mail is already in the system and when I try signing in to the new system, it will not allow it as the e-mail address is already being used. After several calls for help to the SJ on Tuesday, I am in hopes that someone that can resolve this issue calls me back today as promised.

Rex Rhoades's picture
staff

Help coming!

Gary, your question has been referred to our customer service department for resolution. Thank you for reading the Sun Journal and your years of support.

PHILIP LAINE's picture

The new format will take

The new format will take getting use to. I think many subscribers including myself would like to have the agree and disagree tabs back..........please.

MARYMARGARET NEY's picture

Public Libraries Can Help Fill the Gap

Local papers, along with some regional and national publications, are available at at just about all public libraries. In addition to the Sun Journal, the Auburn Public Library subscribes to the print editions of the Portland Press Herald, the Bangor Daily News, The Advertiser Democrat, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. All of these can be found in the Grand Reading Room on the main floor.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

What I have done. Food for thought, for out of state use

I purchased the whole package for the $260 annual and have the daily/weekend paper edition delivered to my choice of family as a present and they let me to have the E Edition for my personal use.

Makes a great Christmas present or birthday present.

You won't have me to kick

You won't have me to kick around anymore, I refuse to pay anything.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Bye Dennis. Happy holidays.

Bye Dennis. Happy holidays.

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

You promise?

You promise?

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Bye-Bye Dennis

Don't let the door hit you on the way out............

Jason Theriault's picture

Bye bye

It's been a good 5 years or so posting here.

ROBERT TREMAINE's picture

New format

While just seeing the new format this morning I have to say that I seriously hate it. I would have much preferred that I be given the option of seeing the pages in the older format. I think the new format is cumbersome. I really should not have to click on the story header to read even the shortest story. Call me old fashioned but I liked seeing the e-edition in the format of the paper edition. I'll obviously have to live with this crap but I will not have to like it. Before anyone complains about my complaint I am a subscriber and have been for for many years so I do pay for my access.

Rex Rhoades's picture
staff

Replica edition is still available

Hi Robert,

An exact replica of each of our newspapers, including the Sun Journal, is available in the new program. It's called the E-edition, and it looks just as the newspaper looks in print. It's a cool feature, particularly on an iPad, which allows you to expand and contract stories with your fingertips. let me know if you are still having trouble connecting to that.

Rex Rhoades

ROBERT TREMAINE's picture

E-Edition

Hi Rex,

As I said, I am a subscriber to the E-Edition and and have been reading the Sun/Journal for several years in the newspaper format that you mentioned in your reply to me. However, this morning when I logged in I was presented with the "new' format. It looked very much like the format that I believe you present to non paying readers. When I saw your replay I logged on again and got the other version and had to click on the E-Edtion heading to finally get back to the newspaper view. Hopefully this is just a glitch that will work itself out in the future. Thanks for the reply.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Rex Rhoades--you are an

Rex Rhoades--you are an alright guy!

MARK GRAVE's picture

The good thing about charging

The good thing about charging to read SJ media content is that it my clear the deck of all the freeloading liberals...

CLAUDETTE THERRIAULT's picture

Not this liberal Mark!

Not this liberal Mark!

MARK GRAVE's picture

I cannot win all the time

I cannot win all the time :-)

It would be pretty boring without the opposing view no matter how bad the opposing view is for America ;-)

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

What about your buddy?

What about your buddy Dennis? Should we consider him to be a freeloading liberal?

MARK GRAVE's picture

Perhaps you should go to the

Perhaps you should go to the source and ask him.

JOANNE MOORE's picture

Freeloading??????????

Boy! You have brass ones talking about freeloading liberals. Pay your share, Grovel.

Just where the hell is Rosewood, anyway?

CLAUDETTE THERRIAULT's picture

Rosewood is a very wealthy

Rosewood is a very wealthy community in California....That explains a lot.

MARK GRAVE's picture

I sponsor two SJ

I sponsor two SJ subscriptions for two elderly people in Maine. Isn't that enough?

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Joanne, there's a Roseville

Joanne, there's a Roseville in California.

MARK GRAVE's picture

The smell of envy is in the

The smell of envy is in the air....

MARK GRAVE's picture

Have fun.

Jason Theriault's picture

Really?

Whats so fun about talking to an empty room?

MARK GRAVE's picture

my -> may

my -> may

MARK GRAVE's picture

I support SJ's right to

I support SJ's right to charge whatever they want to read their media content.

However, I don't like the cluttered look of their home page.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

So, c'mon back to Lewiston

So, c'mon back to Lewiston and fix it. C'mon. C'mon.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Like an outhouse that falls

Like an outhouse that falls in the hole, some things aren't worth fixing. Even when I lived in Maine, I avoided Lewiston. In my opinion, it has gone further downhill since I left.

The job market is very poor in Maine. If people want to earn good money, they really need to go where the jobs are located. If you cannot fathom leaving Maine, then say and live with what it has to offer. It is your choice.

Rex Rhoades's picture
staff

Design

Hi Mark,

We will be working soon to improve that look.

Thanks for you patience.

Rex Rhoades

MARK GRAVE's picture

Thank you. Many newspapers

Thank you.

Many newspapers offer discounted weekly rates for signing a 1 or 2 year subscriptions. Does SJ offer any such discounts?

Mark

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I'm starting to get the hang of things.........

I'm starting to like the new features so far, like the E-Edition. I guess like a lot of people, I sometimes have a hard time adjusting to change, but being able to read the paper on line, just as if I'm reading the print edition is making it much easier. I'm looking forward to seeing the new look of the home page, this new one is a little unorganized, but here's the kicker. Could we please get our agree or disagree tabs back? Sometimes it's just easier to just agree or disagree, without going into detail. It would be a nice gesture for all us "new" paying customers..............................

JOANNE MOORE's picture

Thank you, Mr. Rhoads......

Thank you for not insisting we need a Facebook ID to comment. That would be a dealbreaker for me.

And, maybe you could tell us where the hell is Rosewood. (Mark's address) It sure isn't in Maine.

MARK GRAVE's picture

I can tell you that it is a

I can tell you that it is a rosy place.

Steve  Dosh's picture

. .Hmmm. .

Mainers , Tuesday 15:00 Mau'i time
. .Who had the first lending library ? was it Jefferson or Ben Franklin ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_library#First_libraries
jus' askin' /s, Dr. Dosh :D

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Library of Congress British fire

Books were all donated after the fire by whom? Jefferson...

Waaaahhhh!

"Why can't we leeches who pay NOTHING for the content your staff provides have a say in how the paaper operates?"

Think about it people. You pay nothing, yoou have no intentkon of paying for it, and some of you spend an large amount of time complaining about how you won't oay forr it because the paper sucks anyway. So, back before the Age of internet, were you suprised when the clerks at Victor news told you to pay for those magazines you were reading from the rack or get out? Did you complain about how they never had anything good to read while you were reading it? Does that sound really stupid? So does complaining about being shut out of the advantages that we who pay are getting.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Victor News

My pal and school mate Phillip as we called him Squeaky owned it many moons ago from his dad...great store....

...and my keyboard sucks

...and my keyboard sucks today so ignore the typos I didn't catch...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Use Chrome

It will do the work for you...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Use Chrome

It will spell check for you....

Steve  Dosh's picture

Wayne et. al., Mainers ,

Wayne et. al., Mainers , Tuesday 17:17 Mau'i time
. . These guys and girls are good ?
They are not simply reporters but true journalists •
/s, Dr. Dosh :D
http://www.newseum.org/scripts/journalist/main.htm

Steve  Dosh's picture

Sun Journal launches new website

Mainers , Tuesday 14:45 Mau'i time
. .Looks good ( although we'll most likely never back at Androscoggin Bank ® )
hth , Dr. Dosh Melé Kalikimaka • 

Steve  Dosh's picture

ed , Tuesday 14:50 Mau'i

ed , Tuesday 14:50 Mau'i time
. .Acts okay although it reminds us of https://www.healthcare.gov/ in certain regards , though ( see below )
Keep t r y i n g
Love this paper
hth , Dr. Dosh Melé Kalikimaka • 
Access Denied
Oops. You aren't supposed to be here.
It looks like you're trying to access a page that you don't have access to.
If you think you reached this page in error, contact our staff

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I'm not exactly sure how I feel.?.?.?.?.?.?.?

I saw this coming. Since the Bangor Daily News arrived here in town. I can understand the business benefits between the SJ and the BDN, that shouldn't however end up costing us. I read up to eleven on line news papers daily, none of which cost anything to read. I even read the Kennebeck Journal for free. I have a feeling this sudden need to make money on the E Edition, has to do with the merger with the BDN. Personally I don't need to read about whats going on in Bangor. When I first heard about the printing agreement with the BDN, I naturaly assumed changes were coming to the SJ. All of a sudden there are a lot of BDN stories in the SJ. I'll tell you what, even when I worked in Bangor, I couldn't care less about reading their news.
Obviously I paid for a subscription, I am however not very pleased about one thing. We want the agree / disagree options back. I think If we're paying for the privileged to argue about your stories, we should be able to agree or disagree with each other. No ones feelings get hurt, and those trying to irritate someone else, is easily spotted. It gives me an idea of whether or not it's time to shut up.
One other observation, from the looks of things just about everything is included in the subscription price, having a "Key" symbol in front of every story is sort of offensive. Wouldn't it be easier to put an unlocked symbol in front of the stories that are free?

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

What a bunch of greedy

What a bunch of greedy Gusses. Pay for what you use. Do you work for free?

MARK GRAVE's picture

Typical liberal mindset to

Typical liberal mindset to want everything for free. Now we see true colors shining through.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

DISLIKE, DISLIKE, DISLIKE. I

DISLIKE, DISLIKE, DISLIKE. I guess you only value the opinions of those who can afford a print subscription. Have you forgotten about the people who buy the newspaper daily at stores? Have you forgotten about our homeless who read the newspaper online at the library as a way to get their news? I, for one, only read certain articles of interest...not the whole paper. Most of my entertainment actually comes from arguing in the blogs on those articles. You have many characters there that make the articles worth reading just to see what they are arguing about and then there comes those articles where I have a strong opinion that I would like to voice. Charging for this online newspaper is just plain wrong when other newspapers allow us to read and blog free of charge. Guess you will be losing a lot over this.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Simply go some where else if

Simply go some where else if you don't like it. Freedom means you have the freedom walk away from any business relationship. Otherwise, open you GD wallet and pay for what you use once in this lifetime.

CLAUDETTE THERRIAULT's picture

Although I have all access, I

Although I have all access, I don't believe it's fair that those who have an e- subscription can no longer blog. I have friends who are low income and disabled and because they don't get the print paper, their opinion does not matter???

COREY LAFLAMME's picture
staff

All subscribers can comment on stories

If your friends have an e-subscription (ANY of the offered subscription packages), then they can still comment.

In fact, those who subscribe to the e-edition will now automatically get unlimited Web access as well.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

However, those that cannot

However, those that cannot afford an e-subscription or print subscription are to be left out? Those that don't pay for a subscription because they buy the paper at their corner store when they get that morning coffee are to be left out? Just because a person does not get a subscription does not mean they are not paying for their newspaper. In fact those are the ones actually paying full price as there are no discounts on buying papers at the stores.

MARK GRAVE's picture

God, you have not concept of

God, you have not concept of what a business is all about. Buy or walk!

Ann Power's picture

Dislikes and will no longer

Dislikes and will no longer be reading the Sun Journal with all the free papers on line sad to see you go by the way side

MARK GRAVE's picture

That is what freedom is all

That is what freedom is all about. Buy or walk...

That said, you do have a good point that there are many online new outlets, so you don't have to walk too far.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Hold up complainers ! On-line

Hold up complainers ! On-line is still ƒree . Gosh ! It's much better than http://www.twincitytimes.com also for c r y i n g out L O U D ;)
/s Santa Claus *<,Q~ in Pa'ia Hawaii 96779 us of a
" i'm making a list , checking it twice , gonna' find out who's naughty or dumb ? "

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