Monday, December 27, 2010

MMMM #124 -- Paying for News


      It's been almost a year since the New York Times announced they would start charging for content:

Starting in January 2011, a visitor to will be allowed to view a certain number of articles free each month; to read more, the reader must pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the print newspaper, even those who subscribe only to the Sunday paper, will receive full access to the site without any additional charge.

     Yet here we are just days away from the start of 2011 and there's not a peep from the Times website. Have they changed their minds? Delayed their plan? Are they waiting to spring it on us on next Saturday's start of the New Year?

     And just what will the "certain number"of free articles be?

     Obviously the owners of just about every paper in the world will be watching what happens closely. So am I. What happens could determine the future.

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