Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The NY Times now charges for full access to their website. Previously, all material - including the archives, columnists, and the magazine, were free everday. In order to get more than basic news you must now subscribe to "times select" for 8 bux per month. I am dissapointed in this decision even though I realize that NY Times must find creative ways to make money in an increasingly digital news delivery age. However, I feel that the model Salon.com uses would be most benign and would enable access to everyone with an interest while still making money. If you are not familiar with the Salon.com website, non-paying customers can access all material by obtaining a "site pass" which includes a viewing a short commercial - not so bad.