Tuesday, September 18, 2007

News Shall Be Free: The NYT Closes TimesSelect

As already reported here, the New York Times ends its TimesSelect endeavor today. From tomorrow on all news and archives (back to 1987) will be free.

From "A Letter to Readers About TimesSelect"

" ... Readers increasingly find news through search, as well as through social networks, blogs and other online sources. In light of this shift, we believe offering unfettered access to New York Times reporting and analysis best serves the interest of our readers, our brand and the long-term vitality of our journalism. We encourage everyone to read our news and opinion – as well as share it, link to it and comment on it [...] " more

Remember this post from May 2005:
Too Much Content on the Web - or How to Replace NYT's Behind the Wall Content

So what will be next? - besides, that the WSJ will soon dump it's subscription model? Who will offer a convincing Pay-for-Service Model, so the rich 'content' such news organizations have, can be used comfortable to the fullest, wanted, needed extent and add value to the brand?


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