Newspapers pass from hand to hand in the process of being created and delivered. In this time where contact with others is not recommended, the Creston News Advertiser would like to remind its subscribers they can access the CNA online. Customers can also choose a digital-only subscription.
Although procedures have been put into place to minimize the chances of contamination, such as only allowing one newspaper carrier at a time in the building and requiring the use of hand sanitizer before picking up papers, carriers touch many surfaces along their route, including door knobs or handles. A digital subscription eliminates this possibility entirely.
The process of creating an account for digital access begins the same for current print subscribers and nonsubscribers. The sign up can be found at www.crestonnews.com/register or by clicking the “subscribe” button at the top of the page on www.crestonnews.com and then the top “subscribe” button on the pop up. The “subscribe” links at the bottom of the original page and the pop up both lead to a form for a print subscription.
Some internet browsers work better for this than others. If a potential subscriber is having difficulties accessing the sign up page, the CNA recommends trying a different browser — Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. — before proceeding. Sometimes the problem is that the computer has already been used to activate a subscription, so it will not load the page. Changing to a browser that has not been used for an active subscription seems to correct this problem.
Circulation Manager Monica Young said she is available by phone, 641-782-2141 extension 6451, to help anyone who is having difficulty subscribing.
“I haven’t had anyone yet that has called in that I can’t walk through the process,” she said.
Once the sign up page is reached, current subscribers can make an account for their digital subscription by scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the third “choose” button to activate their digital subscription.
This leads to a form asking for first and last name and email and a space to create a password. The email address will serve as the login ID for the subscription.
Young said it is important to use the same name and address from the print subscription or the system won’t recognize the subscriber. If more than one address is linked to the account — such as a mailing address that is different from the billing or delivery address, especially in cases of gift subscriptions, the mailing address is the correct one to use. The name also needs to be the same as the subscription. For example a husband and wife might share a paper, but only the wife’s name is on the account. The wife’s name must be used to activate the subscription.
Those with questions as to what name and address are associated with their print account may call the office to find out.
Those who do not have a current subscription may choose from a monthly account at $.99 for the first month and $13 per month after that or a year’s subscription for $126 per year — an $18 savings over a monthly subscription.
Either choice will lead to a page to fill out name, address, email address and phone number. Once these are entered, a click of the “save” button takes the subscriber to a credit card information form. The digital subscription renews automatically and charges the credit card every month — or year if that option is chosen — until canceled.
The CNA office is no longer able to take payment for digital only subscriptions in the office. They must be paid for online.
Read the paper
Once the digital subscription is active, subscriber can go to www.crestonnews.com. Then the reader can choose from two versions of the paper or go back and forth between them after logging in.
The “online newspaper” button in the black bar at the top of the page will take them to a paper that looks just like the print edition. Here they can scroll through the pages, making them larger or smaller with the slide bar at the top.
This version also includes the Southwest Iowa Advertiser or “shopper” and the latest magazines printed by the CNA such as Ag Mag or Creston Living.
Readers can also choose the “log in” button, which takes them to a page where they can choose one story at a time to read.
The second version may have additional photos and may be updated when information changes.
Those with questions regarding creating or using a digital subscription may call Young at 641-782-2141 extension 6451.