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How the New York Times paywall works, and what that means for readers of this blog.

The New York Times paywall has just gone up.  It’s odd and complicated, and is sort of explained on this FAQ, although I think you’ll get what you need from my description, below.

I’ve decided to go ahead and make the plunge so I’ll be able to continue to troll the Times for links for you people.  I hope you appreciate it.

Without subscribing, you can look at twenty articles a month without paying them a dime.  ”Articles” includes blog posts– you can read something called blog fronts, but to read the entire post will count as one of your twenty articles.  If you go to the Times from a link on an outside blog or other website (e.g. from a link for me), it counts as one of your twenty articles but you can still read the article if you’re over your twenty count for that month.  Felix Salmon on Reuters says outside links are like foul balls– they’ll count as strikes (one of your twenty) but don’t put you out.

I’ll try to remind folks occasionally of this when I link interesting stuff on the Times.

Right now, there are three subscription offers, plus a special temporary discount on each.  The subscriptions call for payments every four weeks.  They are:

  • $15 every four weeks tor full access on any computer or device, plus a NYTimes app for a smart phone.  On that one, they are offering the first four weeks for 95 cents.  I gather there are similar discounts on the second and third options.
  • $20 every four weeks for full access on any computer or device plus an app for the iPad, Times Reader 2.0 and the NYTimes App for the Chrome webstore.
  • $35 every four weeks for full access, the iPad offers, and the mobile phone offer.

With each of these you also get this, which sweetened the deal enough for me to go for the first subscription offer.

Digital subscribers receive access to the New York Times archives, including 100 free articles from 1923 through 1986 every four weeks. Archived articles outside the 1923–1986 date range are free to subscribers at all times and do not have the 100-article limit.

 

3 comments to How the New York Times paywall works, and what that means for readers of this blog.

  • Chico Harris

    Very inexpensive for the world’s best news source.

  • sierrafoxtrot

    I was offered free access for the year through a Lincoln ad, and I thought it a bit weird so I looked it up out of curiosity. Apparently, Lincoln paid for free access to 200,000 of the NYT’s heaviest users until the end of 2011 (does this mean I browse the internet too much?). They believe that these people are likely to buy a towncar. Somehow I don’t think I am the demographic they are targeting. Although I particularly like this bit: “The type of reader we’ll be able to engage through this program is a thought leader.” Works for me, even if it doesn’t for Lincoln.

    Edited to add: I was just thinking about this, and why in the world do they think I am going to buy a Lincoln? I am going to guess that their online readership skews towards younger readers, and I am also going to guess that younger readers find towncars to be stodgy. I sure wouldn’t buy one, even if they are nice enough to pay for my Times.

  • plexix

    If you get home delivery of any sort – such as the Sunday Times – you get unlimited access to their website.

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