Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kindled Kuriosity

Starting March 28, The New York Times will charge frequent visitors to its web site. That's good, since well-reported journalism can't survive in the post-print era without people paying for content. Print subscribers will get unlimited access. What's unclear is whether we Kindle subscribers (who pay $20 a month for daily downloads to our e-readers) will get the same benefits as dead tree readers. Today's announcement just says this:
All subscribers who receive the paper through home delivery will have free and unlimited access across all Times digital platforms except, for now, e-readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Which doesn't answer the question. This is the second time the Times has tried to charge web users. I hope it succeeds. Too bad it overlooked this detail.

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