Will Charging Readers for Access Save Newspapers?

Will web users, who already consider themselves to have paid for access to the Internet, actually pay a monthly fee to read an online newspaper, in an age when bloggers and Twitter users often break stories long before newspapers can go through the editing process?  That remains to be seen. NY Times will charge $15 per month for its smartphone app, $20 per month for its tablet and Google Chrome apps, and $35 per month for an “all digital access” unlimited subscription to NYTimes.com and all of the apps.  In addition print subscribers will continue to receive unlimited online access. NYTimes.com will allow non-subscribers to read up to 20 pieces per month before its “paywall” presents them with a subscription offer.  That includes videos, slideshows, and articles.  Readers will also have a limit of 5 articles per day from the newspaper’s website or links from Google. As far as I know, our readers can rest assured that this site will remain free, but those of you who insist on subscribing can send monthly payments directly to my PayPal account.  No?  It was worth a try.]]>

Tavis J. Hampton

Tavis J. Hampton

IT worker with a master's in Library and Information Science currently working in the healthcare industry. Passionate about Free and Open Source software.
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