March 14, 2007

Cracks in the Pay Wall [12:59 pm]

This is what I get for avoiding TimesSelect - I have to read elsewhere about the beginning of the end: ‘NYT’ Opening TimesSelect to Students and Teachers for Free - pdf

The New York Times is opening up access permanently to TimesSelect to all students and faculty who have .edu e-mail addresses beginning on March 13.

“It’s part of our journalistic mission to get people talking on campuses,” says Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager at NYTimes.com. “We wanted to open that up so that college students and professors can have a dialogue.”

[...] Schiller says the company has “no regrets” putting 22 columnists at the Times and its sister newspaper The International Herald Tribune, archives and other material behind a pay wall.

As of January 2007, TimesSelect has 627,000 subscribers, 36% of which are online-only. In 2006, TimesSelect brought in $9.9 million in subscription revenue.

Now to decide if I’m going to sign up; I already pay for a dead tree paper, but I have eschewed joining the TimesSelect community.

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