The New York Times Will Charge for Website Access This Month

By Adam Nichols on March 17, 2011 5:20pm 

The New York Times will start charging for access to its website.
The New York Times will start charging for access to its website.
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By Adam Nichols

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — The New York Times told readers Thursday it plans to roll out a paywall that would charge $15-a-week for access to its website and a mobile phone app.

If you want to also access the newspaper's iPad app, the bundle to read the newspaper in all three formats will cost $35-a-month.

"It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times," publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement to readers.

The charges were put in place Thursday for readers in Canada, and will be introduced globally on March 28.

Users will have free access to a "defined reading limit," after which they will be asked to pay, Sulzberger said.

Readers who already subscribe to home delivery of the newspaper will continue to have full access online.

The Wall Street Journal pioneered paying for internet access when it introduced a paywall in 1997.

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. announced a pay wall for access to the Times' online content.
New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. announced a pay wall for access to the Times' online content.
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