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Digital Subscription

1 Year: $31.95
1 Month: $4.00
  • Searchable, Downloadable and Emailable
  • Apple and Android Apps
  • Available Wednesday Afternoons


Print Subscription

In Hancock County:
1 Year: $42.00
  • Delivered to your doorstep/mailbox
  • Great for starting a fire


Combo Subscription

In Hancock County:
1 Year: $45.25
  • Both Digital & Print Subscriptions
  • Gives your family the greatest flexibility



If you any questions about your subscription or would like to order or renew by phone please call Deborah Tucker at (207) 667-2576. You can also e-mail Deborah at [email protected]. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Digital Delivery 2.0

The Mount Desert Islander is now available in new and improved digital format!


  • Published online Wednesday evenings
    Our online edition is available just hours after press time. You could only get it sooner if you paid $52 a year and lived in downtown Ellsworth.
  • Read the whole newspaper in its original format
    The entire newspaper, including classifieds and special sections, is available. Read the paper page by page.
  • Fully Searchable
    Looking for a particular piece of information? Search by name, word or phrase and you are directed to the pages of the newspaper(s) that meet your search criteria
  • Archives
    Access to issues of the newspaper published after Jan. 1, 2009 are available for your reading and searching pleasure.
  • Green
    No paper or ink needed to deliver your weekly dose of news from Hancock County, Maine. No more storing or recycling old issues.
  • Price
    At $52.00 a year on the newsstand and $39.00 a year for a subscription mailed in Hancock County, the new online edition is an incredible bargain.

Subscription Rates

  • One Year:      $28.95
  • One Month:     $3.75

Sign up now and get immediate access to the current issue!

Newspaper in Education

The New York Times set up the first formal Newspapers in Education (NIE) program in the 1930’s.  The popular program soon spread across the country.  Reading an “adult medium” like newspapers challenges students to develop reading, speaking and critical thinking skills.  Students can relate and identify with the detailed school news and sports coverage in The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.  The feature stories tell of interesting people and activities in and around the communities the students live in.  The closer to home a story is, the more relevant it is to students’ lives and the more motivation to read.

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander are really history books that are updated weekly.  And they are free to Hancock County teachers that request them for classroom use.  The Ellsworth American and Islander NIE newspapers are paid in part by sponsorships of local businesses and subscribers.

Visit our Newspapers in Education website

Paying your Bill

Our accounting department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

The accounting office can help you with questions you may have on billing from either paper or on commercial printing jobs.  Our statements are run on the 1st of each month for charges incurred in the previous month.  We offer a prompt pay discount of 5% on advertising statements paid by the 15th of the month.

Please feel free to call us with your questions or to pay your bill with a credit card by calling 800-499-2576 (in Maine) or (207) 667-2576.

You can mail your payment to:
The Ellsworth American.
30 Water Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Subscribe to the Mount Desert Islander

Interested in learning more about Bar Harbor and the rest of Mount Desert Island? A subscription to the Mount Desert Islander is a handy, inexpensive way to keep abreast of that news. From its office on Main Street, Mount Desert Islander has the most relevant news roundup for area residents, people considering a move to the area, and people who simply love this peaceful part of the Maine coast. The Islander also is the best shopping reference of local stores and restaurants, and for those interested in purchasing or selling real estate.

Make it a gift!

Thoughtful and always welcome… a subscription to Mount Desert Islander makes a great gift. You can send a relative or special friend news of MDI every week with a subscription to Mount Desert Islander. The arrival of each issue will be a weekly reminder of your thoughtfulness. We’ll mail you an appropriate gift notice for you to send personally.


If you any questions about your subscription or would like to order or renew by phone please call Deborah Tucker at (207) 667-2576.  You can also e-mail Deborah at dtucker@ellsworthamerican.c[email protected]  Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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