New York Times To Charge Frequent Readers

Adam Kearney :: Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 2:05 pm

The New York Times has decided to begin charging repeat visitors to the website before the beginning of next year.  This is likely to scare off some of the less frequent readers, so they have designed a plan where regular visitors would need to pay a subscription price, but those finding articles on search engines would be able to read for free, and keep generating advertising revenue.

The rumors of the new Apple tablet, perhaps to be named the Slate or iSlate, may have prompted this decision.  The tablet will be showcased for the first time on January 27th at a conference in San Francisco.  It is going to be a larger iPhone, priced around $800, and will improve mobile viewing for online magazines and newspapers, as well as books, music, and film.

Whatever subscription model the Times go with, I wouldn’t be adverse to paying $1 to read it, just like I do at Starbucks.  And then I wouldn’t need to figure out how to fold the damn thing.

One Response to “New York Times To Charge Frequent Readers”
  1. Great idea for magazines and newspapers to start working with Apple for their iSlate, they better hurry.

    Posted by: C.G.Smith January 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm