LexisNexis AlaCarte: Search Free, Pay Per Document Viewed

Update 1/18/05:
Jennifer Aleknavage, Communications Manager for LexisNexis alerted me that there are some additional differences between the LexisNexis AlaCarte product and LexisNexis by Credit Card.
According to her, LexisNexis AlaCarte:

  • is targeted for small- to medium-sized businesses
  • has a new and simplified interface for easy navigation-significant difference
  • offers simplified search functionality options. You can conduct a simple search or an advanced search. Traditional research commands are not necessary but are still an option under advanced search. We have shortened this distance from search to solution. The user can run complex searches with a simple output so they get the answers they need. The search process is seamless to the user. After they enter the key search words and the date ranges, the searches are run behind the scenes so you only see the end results, only the relevant documents that are retrieved.
  • requires no subscriptions with this service, and you just pay-per document (average per doc price is $3)

A couple of weeks ago, LexisNexis released a new service called LexisNexis AlaCarte which offers free searching of it’s news & business-related databases. Users are charged only for documents they choose to view.
I was uncertain of the difference between LexisNexis AlaCarte and LexisNexis by Credit Card which has been around for some time. She told me that the AlaCarte search interface is designed to look more like traditional LexisNexis. Apparently, LexisNexis by Credit Card will be discontinued sometime next year.
According to a news release from LexisNexis:
The service, available via www.lexisnexis.com/alacartenow, provides access to more than 20,000 sources of business, news, business public records, and government information, including top newspapers, magazines and transcripts, company and industry reports, deed records, liens, zip demographics, state and federal legislation, and intellectual property.
The site does not require a subscription, and documents can be ordered on a per-document basis by credit card through a secure site. Consumers will also gain access to legal information starting next year. Until then, you may continue to use LexisNexis by Credit Card.