announced its new paywall/subscription plan to its readers marking a pivotal shift as the largest American newspaper begins charging for once free content. The internet (being its typical self), lashed back with arguments, workarounds, and actually some (minor) praise for the change. We wanted to not only assess the current state of affairs but also recite the plans and rules for our readers since they are surprisingly convoluted and a bit difficult to understand.
The Plans: Firstly, for all you print subscribers, you will have unlimited access to all digital forms of the NYT (except through e-readers). Non-subscribers will be allotted 20 article views per month. How the site plans to keep track of these views is kept secret, likely in an attempt to deter hackers or other tech-savy people from attempting to bypass their counting system. After the 20 views, readers will be asked to subscribe to one of these three plans:
- $15 a month ($195 a year) for website and mobile phone app subscription.
- $20 a month ($260 a year) for website and iPad app subscription
- $35 a month ($455 a year) for full access