I agree with @Malkazoid on this, and I believe @Christina Gleason raised this issue before. I have not pursued owning a Publication mainly because I cannot afford to spend the money on both the pub AND a separate analytical app. It was a stretch to buy/rent the niches I have. Those of us on budgets and those in weak economies will gladly trade ideals for practicality. Thanks!
Yes - the situation is more dire for those in weak economies, or on a budget.
But my concern does go even further: even those for who money is no object will be challenged by this. Just because people have money, it does not follow that they are willing to spend it on a low value proposition.
I know we all know the situation, but it bears recapping: the platform won't be bringing a large audience to the table in the short-mid term. It is selling Publications at a heavy premium when comparable functionality on other platforms is FREE. And if you want to get analytics that you would get for free elsewhere, you have to pay even more than the heavy premium for the Publication... Most people, regardless of their means, will want to know why that's a good value proposition.
We also want Publications to drive site growth, rather than hope site audience size will help sweeten the value proposition of Publications. Uptake of Publications early on is a real opportunity for Narrative to move into focused markets. If we offer discounted Publications to onboard our first universities, we'll be completely shooting ourselves in the foot if in the next breath we inform them that though they are getting the Publication discounted by 50%, their analytics will put them out of pocket for more than the cost of the Publication. There is no scenario in which that factor is going to play well. People still think of analytics as something you don't have to pay for until you're ready to be a privacy evangelist, and even if everyone accepts rapidly, over the next few months, that you have to pay for them in a world of increased privacy concerns, it will still be really difficult to stomach that the price tag more than doubles the cost of having a Publication on Narrative.