November 9, 2008

The end for NYT’s TimesSelect

Original Post from September 20th 2007.

New York Times has announced the end of their for-pay TimesSelect service for access to their "premium content" on their web site and archive and have moved to an open (i.e. ad supported) model.

You can see their own announcement page for the change here.

For the last two years, The Times’ TimesSelect subscription service charged readers $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month for access to premium content from columnists and its archives.

There are increasing signs that consumers expect all on-line content to be "free" and to not have to pay for it (and by extension that they accept or are willing to put-up with adverts?). I make the distinction between "on-line" and "digital" or "electronic". We will see to what extent the same will happen to "off-line" "digital" content.

Reports state that the Wall Street Journal is the last hold-out for paid access, so it's be interesting if they make the move too.

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