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'New York Times' To Charge Heavy Web Readers To Read Its Stories

Mar 17, 2011

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Korva Coleman

People who like to read The New York Times a lot will start paying for it on March 28, NPR's David Folkenflik reports for our Newscast:

"The Times is adopting a metered approach — the first 20 articles, slideshows or videos you read online each month are free. But starting on March 28, the paper will charge readers $15 per month for web access and an iPhone application, or $20 for access on the web, iPad and other tablets, or $35 a month for all three platforms.

"Newspapers have longed to charge online readers but found that they could do so only for indispensable content — like the financial news and information offered by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times is betting its rich news coverage is similarly indispensable .

"Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. pointed to inspiration from public radio stations — which offer shows for free but nonetheless draw voluntary contributions from their most passionate listeners."

David has a story posted here.

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