Yes, I paid $212.00 to get content online. That's the cost of a one year subscription to ISTE, the International Society for Technology and Education. It gives me access to a number of publications and interest-group newsletters, as well as a discount at the annual convention. But I don't even get a mug or umbrella! What I do get is content from practitioners in the field as well as academics doing statistical research on the use of technology in the classroom. I consider ISTE an authority in my field, so I'm actually happy to spend the money.
Reading some of the material there, I still feel the difficulty of finding good information on my topics: 1-to-1 laptop programs and online educational content. There is a lot of information, but not a lot that enlightens the situation for me at my institution at this time. I also face this odd phenomenon: articles published just a few years ago seem outdated. No kindle, no iPad, no fight with MacMillan.