In order to transform publishing into something that actually promotes a healthy ecosystem, consumer demand should be the primary driver of income for publishers. This is the general idea today for larger entities, but often the independent/self publisher is squeezed out.
This is why I like Readability – a set subscription fee from the consumer is divvied-up between the publishers based on what was actually consumed.
70% of all Readability membership fees go directly to writers and publishers. Every time a subscriber uses Readability on your site, a portion of that subscriber’s fees are allocated to you. Whether in a web browser, iPhone, or just about any mobile or tablet device, Readability puts reading — and your content — at the center of the experience.[Readability]