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.
â€œIt’s part of our journalistic mission to get people talking on campuses,â€ says Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager at NYTimes.com. â€œWe wanted to open that up so that college students and professors can have a dialogue.â€
[…] Schiller says the company has â€œno regretsâ€ 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.