Comments: The Times SHOULD charge for access.

I'm mostly annoyed that there USED to be a pay wall, and then they took it down... and now it's back. I don't think they did it deliberately to suck people in (first one's free!) but I think they're part of the reason people expect news to be free at this point. Because it has been, even at the Times.

Posted by Kate at January 22, 2010 10:22 AM

Thanks for posting this. I agree. The Times provides a huge service, and I think they've been allowing people to under-value it by not charging at all (Does that make sense? My brain is still a wee bit under the weather). I think the metered access is a lot more logical than TimesSelect, and it also makes sense if you read their statement about how people access the site - either randomly and only a few articles at a time, or super-heavy-users *raising hand* who are on all the time (I'm imagining you're one, too). I think the Times is a good news organization to take this lead. I only wish they had done it a couple of years ago, before all those newspapers started folding.

Posted by your cousin Liz at January 22, 2010 11:01 AM
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