I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ?

full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price also includes a hard copy subscription).

reference : paid and free apps

thank you

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A hard copy (of a magazine, for instance) is a paper version, versus a digital version.

  • thank you for your answer, so it's mean real product , right ? May 18, 2015 at 8:37
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    @adamkaplan If that is your understanding of reality - yes.
    – WS2
    May 18, 2015 at 8:39
  • the real product is a product which I can touch with my hand, like newspaper , not like pdf files or word files which are opened via other devices. May 18, 2015 at 8:54
  • @adamkaplan - I understand the point you are making. But when you are talking about a book or a magazine, we should be more concerned about the content and not the medium. A PDF will have the same content as a printed one. Isn't it? May 18, 2015 at 9:22
  • When hard copy is used as a modifier, it is usually rendered as hardcopy. May 18, 2015 at 10:18

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