Last week there has been a large number of articles on the media sphere covered the relatively disputable decision of the New York Times when the paywall of the renowned online magazine has officially arrived, first in Canada and then one March 28 will be worldwide. Tobe honest, though I am not a royal reader of The Times but BBC, I feel it is quite bad if one day I cannot access NYT to read interesting and hot articles written by Thomas Friedman on the Option section as regular on my Blackberry smartphone. That is why today I spent nearly 45 minutes to searched and looked for the NYT paywall and the ways to bypass this fence.
Firstly, according to Reuters ‘s brief “investigation”, NYT does not explain clearly about the quantity of products/articles readers can access freely and what is the difference between an item and a pageview as well. You should may known that an article on The Times are usually divided into few pieces, meaning you have to “eat” at least 3 to 5 pageviews to read the last word of one article. In case The Times managers allow us to access freely 20 pageviews, we will definitely be able to read 3 to 5 articles only. So confusing but I hope it does not.
However, the NYT quality is really good and it is unavoidable to deny that fame (the latest article I read on my BB8700 is “The Japanese Could Teach Us a Thing or Two” written by D.Kristof on my favorite corner OP-ED COMUMNIST while went out to drink coffee this Sunday morning). Therefor, the price tablet exclusively for premium users is perhaps acceptable. You have to pay only $15 per month to access all articles there and that mean the annual cost is $195. This figure is definitely rather lower than print subscription cost and I think the truly loyal readers will spend a small sum to purchase the deluxe but wanted subscription for sure.
Nevertheless, the discussion and debate about NYT’s paywall is increasing fast among readers. Someone said, they did not think the subscription cost is low since users have to pay an extra cost to access NYT on smartphone or iPad, beyond the normal cost to get the right that allow you to read the Times on PC and laptop. So the total cost will raise to $455 a year and this number is definitely unacceptable because so far, it has been free. Reuters describes what NYT is doing is “weird” and “recommends” a fairer business model by allowing those who buy the print subscription to access freely the online version.
Honestly, the issue is out of my thought since my favourite sites list includes only Opinion column and seemly I will continue to read only 20 articles on NYT freely without any complaint about their business decisions.
Now, as you have read this post ‘s title, I will sum up some useful tips to get access to New York Times, in case you reach its 20 article limitation from March 28 afterwards:
- You can disable cookies and not log in, so the limit will not happen. Using Private Browsing (Ctrl + Shift + P) mode in Firefox (or Incognito in Chrome, all browsers now support private browsing, even Internet Explorer and Safari) instead of normal mode.
- Visit New York Times via social networks such as FaceBook, Tumbrl, Twitter. The 20 free articles per month limit will not be applied with this link/click.
- Visit and bypass New York Times paywall via other news portals such as BBC, Reuter and aggregator news portals including Google News, Yahoo News etc… It will not count this link/click.
- Reading Dealbook section only, it will main free.
- Read on Read it Later web application.
- Try Lincoln offer, you can get access to NYT unlimited but some advertisements.
In my opinion, if you are a NYT loyal readers, you should buy the premium subscription to enjoy unlimited fresh contents of the Times. However, if you cannot afford to do it, just simply follow the above tips. In my case, it is great since Opinion section will be free on my Blackberry device and as usual, I will continue to read less than 20 article a month on NYT. The last, I also hope the Times will not cut this number in the near future.
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