Tuesday, September 18, 2007

NY Times Website & Archives Now Free

As of midnight tonight, the New York Times website and archives through 1987 will be free all readers. Users will be charged for content from 1923-1986, though some will also be free.

Welcome to the age of the internet, NYT.

They realized that only loyal readers were paying for access, while many readers who linked from other websites were less likely to pay for access to one interesting article. They were losing advertising dollars on 13 million unique visitors each month.

Going forward, Rupert Murdoch has even discussed free access to the Wall Street Journal. We'll see how that goes.

As for now, count down until midnight...free news!!!


MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

wow, i didn't know this. i completely agree. i often wondered how they could not give away the content like every other news service.

like you said.