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The English “subscription” comes from the Latin subscriptio, “signature” (as in signing for or to receive something), replacing the earlier “abonnement,” which English borrowed from French and which ultimately derives from the Italian abbonnamento, “reimbursement.” The Italian term was also adopted in Germany (Abonnement) By the end of the 17th century, the newspaper subscription was already the usual mode of obtaining periodical publications in the German-speaking world (Periodical press). In all other countries, particularly France, England, and Italy, individ…

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Münch, Roger, “Newspaper subscription”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030723>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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