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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New York Times Shakes More Readers Down for Money

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

click to enlarge Bad news ... you will have to pay for more news.
  • Bad news ... you will have to pay for more news.

Just a year after launching its unpopular paywall, the New York Times might be giving readers even less reason to read the news. The newspaper tells all ThingsD that starting in April it will force its pay gate on any nonsubscribers who click on more than 10 online articles per month.

As it stands, nonsubscibers can read 20 free articles per month before hitting the paywall, but as the Grey Lady's overall revenue continues in a downward spiral, it's now time for "avid readers" to pay up, the paper says.

The good news is that if you land on a NYT story via Twitter or Facebook, that won't count toward your 10-article limit.

The paper isn't too worried about losing readers with a stricter paywall; the Times still boasts more than 500,000 digital subscribers a year after launching the pay gate. Executives issued a press release, detailing the changes, and saying they are confident it will continue to bring in more digital subscribers, not fewer.

But for all of you cheap assholes out there who still don't think we should be paying for the news, Gizmodo has put together its own "How to Keep Reading the New York Times for Free" guide. And you can access it for free!  

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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