The Washington Post, which once steadfastly refused to put a paywall around its content, will finally add one next week. Katharine Weymouth, publisher of the Post, told the Post, “Over the coming months, we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly.”
One of these future modifications could be a tightening of the paywall. Like the Post, The New York Times initially allowed non-subscribers to read 20 free articles per month when it first launched its paywall; it soon realized this was too generous and tightened the limit to 10 articles per month.
You may have heard the devastating news that The New York Times has finally plugged the famous paywall loophole that allowed users to access more than their monthly allotment of articles. Once you used up your 10 free articles for the month, you could just delete the “?gwh=numbers” part of the URL to easily and freely access the story.
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For the first time in five years, The New York Times saw an increase in home delivery subscribers, according to Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) data released today. For the 6 month period ending in September, Sunday home delivery circulation averaged 992,383, an increase of .2 percent over last year.
Rather, it’s an “online pricing plan,” a “digital subscription plan.” “It’s not like the Times of London wall,” said Sulzberger, noting the porousness and searchability of the new New York Times.
Yet at last night’s discussion at the Columbia Journalism School, entitled ‘The Future of Media, Publishing and Paid Content’, the audience just couldn’t shake Read More
TechCrunch scribe Erick Schonfeld has a pretty incredible breakdown of how the new paywall at Ruper Murdoch’s UK Times website is faring.
Since the paywall went into effect in June, the site has lost two-thirds of its visitors, or about 4 million readers per month.
At first, that seems like confirmtion that the Read More
The New Yorker‘s online presence is, for the most part, accesible to all users. Content gets posted weekly, on Sunday nights at midnight, and most of the articles are ready for your perusal. Occasionally, however, a piece will be put behind a paywall in an attempt to entice the hardcore reader to bite Read More