Obsidian's CEO Makes the Case for Supporting Quality Software
You convinced me. There are variations on your post that bother me as well. The notion that users have some right to block ads is disturbing. Content and service creators allow ads as a way of supporting their work. We all know that ad companies may be collecting information to target ads. Ignore such sites or tolerate the collection of information. I like the Brave browser model for compensating content creators.
The resistance to paying for software amazes me. I experienced it acutely recently when I started to explore handwriting apps on the iPad, like Notability, Goodnotes, Nebo, and Noteful, which I ultimately settled on.
The prices are trivial. Goodnotes has a lifetime price on v6 for $29.99 and an annual cost of $9.99. Noteful, the one I settled on after initially buying Goodnotes, is $4.99.
But the communities around these products are full of people complaining about the cost.
I'm worried about the cost of Noteful in another direction: Is $4.99 enough for the developer to sustain his commitment to the product? I would feel a lot better if it were $4.99 a month.