Two weeks after The Independent launched its new daily, called "i," media insiders estimate that the newspapers is selling a daily average of 125,000 copies, down from the initial 180,000 copies, MediaGuardian reported.
Although MediaGuardian acknowledged that newspaper's sales "are likely to be volatile until circulation settles," Andrew Mullins, the managing director of the Independent, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard reminded that wholesale numbers do not provide numbers about the number of copies distributed.
"As a result, any numbers being talked about are purely conjecture as they do not know how many copies we have printed and distributed each day. Our numbers will remain confidential for the foreseeable future, but we can say that sales of the Independent at £1 are unaffected," Mullins said.
At £0.20 per copy, i is one of the cheapest newspapers in the UK. However, as a promotional offer, the publisher is giving readers vouchers that would allowed them to get a free copy of the newspaper for a week, paidContent.org revealed. To increase readership, i will soon launch an iPad app for the same price as the print copy.