Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Times, It Will Be a Chargin’

Earlier this year, The New York Times announced that in January of 2011, a pay wall will be erected separating “all the news that’s fit to print” from online readers who don’t contribute to the Gray Lady’s revenue stream. Since then, the Times has been silent on the details of its plan, though we know that a finite number of article views will likely be free, followed by a subscription plan.

Beyond that, it’s all speculation. Media pundits have tried to predict whether the wall will contain holes for various exceptions (such as the Times’ stable of op-ed columnists, well used to being read and discussed online), and even if it will be standing by the end of the year (you just know office pools are forming all over competing newsrooms).

So, if you’re like me, accustomed to reading the online version of the Book Review on Sunday, the Travel section, science news on Tuesdays and editorials nearly every day, do you sign up for this experiment or seek your literary, scientific and travel news elsewhere?

We at January Magazine would like to know: aside from this august web site, where will you be turning for free news from the world of books?



Blogger Kevin Burton Smith said...

Me, I'll probably still subscribe to at least the Sunday edition, even though it's cheaper just to download it on my nook.

Reason? Paying subscribers get full access to the complete archives, going back about 3000 years.

And the NYT may be one of the last in print papers actually worth paying for. They actually have journalist and writers on staff, something most newspapers got rid of years ago.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 10:06:00 PM PST  

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