NYT to start charging for content, kind of

It’s a bit confusing. But basically, you’ll be permitted to read 20 pages of the site a month, which isn’t much, then you’ll be cut off. Unless you come to the page via a blog or Twitter, then you’ll be permitted to read it (so maybe they’re trying to make bloggers buy this, not that there are that many of us as compared to our readers). It’s a bit odd, though understandable – none of us can continue in this business without making a profit, it’s our job, and the bills don’t pay themselves. Still, this sounds awfully expensive, especially if you want to be able to read the Times on your iphone and ipad, it seems you pay twice more for that, which is kind of absurd if it’s the same account – $15 a month for the web site and smartphone, $20 a month for Web and iPad, and $35 a month for Web, iPhone and iPad – which strikes me as a bit absurd, paying over $400 a year for one newspaper.

I’ll be curious to see what this dos to their readership. Some will pay. I’m not entirely sure I will. I use the Time’s iPhone app. I’m not sure I’d pay for it. And I’m certainly not paying twice for an iphone and an ipad (were I to have both). Would you?


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