The Sacramento Bee announced this morning that it will begin charging readers to read its online coverage at, such as the blogs turned out by the Bee’s political writers. Digital access will start at 99 cents a month.

The Bee’s approach is different approach from that of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, which limit readers to 15 stories a month unless they have paid for a subscription.

“The Bee’s online coverage includes video, photo galleries and databases not available in print, as well as the opportunity for readers to weigh in on civic affairs through our online comments,” said a front page “To Our Readers” announcement in this morning’s Bee. “Our digital offerings include the e-edition replica of the printed newspaper, available on multiple devices, and various smartphone applications, as well as news alerts delivered directly to your email.”

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