Sunday, June 12, 2011

New York Times Starts Charging for Access

Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr announced that The New York Times introduced digital subscriptions. He says, “It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications.”

I started my writing career as a journalist and I believe that freedom of speech coupled with strong teams of journalists keep the USA and other nations with free speech policies strong—and honest. Though there is a temptation to want what we’ve been getting free to stay free. Many of use TNYT for research. Still, there is a danger in being shortsighted.  It is hard to see our precious free access limited but I believe those of us who use resources like The Times do not want to see what it offers deteriorate. And, we all know that the world of journalism is changing.

Sulzberg explains, “If you are a home delivery subscriber of The New York Times, you will continue to have full and free access to our news, information, opinion and the rest of our rich offerings on your computer, smartphone, and tablet. International Herald Tribune subscribers will also receive free access to NYTimes.com.

If you are not a home delivery subscriber, you will have free access up to a defined reading limit [twenty articles a month]. If you exceed that limit, you will be asked to become a digital subscriber.

For more information, go to nytimes.com/digitalfaq.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:

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